ADVISOR OF THE YEAR
Each year, the advisors of Washington DECA nominate one of their peers who has gone above and beyond in supporting Washington DECA and preparing students for area, state, and international competition. The Advisor of the Year is selected based on their commitment to professionalism in managing their chapter, preparing members for competition, encouraging members to apply for scholarships, and for contributing to the greater good of Washington DECA by being involved in an advisor leadership role.
Advisor of the Year Nomination Form PDF | Word Please download this form, and nominate a DECA advisor for this year’s Advisor of the Year Award. Only DECA advisors may nominate a fellow advisor for this award.
Deadline. Nominations are due to Lori Hairston at Washington DECA on or before 5:00 p.m. January 23, 2019. Forms may be submitted via email to l[email protected] or via FAX at 206.492.2558.
2018 Advisor of the Year: Brenda Grabski, Capital High School
Brenda Grabski, DECA advisor at Capitol High School, was selected to receive the 2017-2018 Advisor of the Year award. Brenda is on Washington DECA’s Board of Directors and serves as a Board Officer for the Washington Association of Marketing Educators (WAME). She is responsible for reviving the organization by targeting key board members, spearheading curriculum development, and facilitating website and program changes. Brenda is also one of the directors of the Model Program Academy, and she teaches Marketing at the college level. Ms. Grabski is a mentor to new teachers and supports all teachers and advisors in both teaching and competition. She was nominated by a peer advisor who says, “I don’t believe there is another advisor who has contributed more to the greater good of Washington DECA this year.”
Previous Advisors of the Year:
2017 Greg McCormick, Mark Morris High School
2016 Tim Crawley, Highline High School
2015 Ray McCabe, Hazen High School
2014 BJ Sherman, Skyline High School
2013 Stephanie Schirm, Richland High School
2012 Paul Glenovich, Woodinville High School
2011 Dennis Rockwood, Inglemoor High School
2010 Sherry Busby, Camas High School
2009 Lori Jacobs, Auburn High School
2008 Heidi Wilson, Kamiakin High School
2007 Mike Dwyer, Eisenhower High School
2006 Dave Eby, Olympia High School
2005 Ron Cooper, Bothell High School
2004 Doug Aubert, Auburn Riverside High School
2003 Lynn Carey, Clarkston High School
2002 Karen Timken, Arlington High School; Laura Jones, Pasco High School; Jim Burton, Auburn High School; Yetta Rouse, Lindbergh High School; and Rick Davis, Kelso High School
HALL OF FAME
Each year, Washington DECA inducts an advisor, board member, or business supporter into the Hall of Fame. These inductees have made a lasting impact on the organization by giving years of service as well as volunteer and financial support. It is one of the highest honors to be part of this elite group of Washington DECA supporters.
Hall of Fame Nomination Form PDF | Word. Please download this form, and nominate our next Hall of Fame Award recipient!
Deadline. Nominations are due to Lori Hairston at Washington DECA on or before 5:00 p.m. April 15, 2019. Forms may be submitted via email to l[email protected] or via FAX at 206.492.2558.
2018 Hall of Fame Inductees
Dave Eby has been an active DECA Advisor and significant contributor to WA DECA throughout his 30+ year career. He has served as Area Leader, Event Manager, WAME Board Member, Model Program Instructor, and National School-Based Enterprise Committee Member. His peers elected him as Advisor of the Year in 2006, and even since retirement from Olympia High School in 2016, he has continued to contribute to the organization. One of his former students reflected, "He made students want to learn. He taught us how to apply what we learned to real-world situations, and he inspired us to be the best students and people we could be." We're thrilled to welcome David Eby into the Washington DECA Hall of Fame.
Kandice Herndon is a DECA alumna in both high school and collegiate DECA. Over the years, her service at the state level has included judging, sponsoring events, and mentoring students and teachers. She has served on the Washington DECA Board for more than 10 years on many different committees and most recently as the Board Treasurer. As Treasurer, she has assisted the organization in decreasing expenses, increasing income, and providing scholarship money to thousands of DECA members. We are so thankful for her amazing contributions and are honored to congratulate Kandice Herndon as a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee.
Previous Hall of Fame Inductees:
2017 Rod Brooks
2016 Kurt Imerman
2015 Dr. Gary Cohn and Diane Heath
2014 Maggie Wall
2013 Ron Cooper
2012 Sherry Busby
2011 George Way
2010 Yette Rouse
2009 Jim Pankiewicz
2008 Jim Burton
2007 Ed Price and Kim Villeneuve
2006 Kristin Crowe
2005 Don Bailey and Jim Greiger
2004 Pat Knowles; Judy West; Jerry Gribble; and Margaret Rosbach
2002 Patsy Ethridge-Neal
2000 Bill Crossman
1999 Ginger Anderson; Jerry Bender; Dennis Caplen; Bobbie Peterson; Fred Rexus; and Bill D. Syhlman
1998 Floyd Ashcroft; Jim Blue; Bob Leingang; Leroy McCartney; Jack Ray; and Dee Webster
1997 K. Otto Logan
MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Students, please nominate someone from your chapter who has gone above and beyond to support your school, community, and DECA chapter. This is an individual who has personified the ideals of Washington DECA, and who has given their all to express those ideals. The Member of the Year will be recognized at the State Career Development Conference.
Member of the Year Nomination Form PDF
| Word Please download this form, and nominate our next Member of the Year!
Deadline. Nominations are due to Danielle Tuason at Washington DECA on or before 5:00 p.m. January 23, 2019. Forms may be submitted via email to [email protected] or via FAX at 206.492.2558.
2017 Member of the Year:
Xeindria Chandran from Cascade Senior High School is the 2016–2017 Member of the Year. Dedicated, passionate, a true role model are just a few words used to describe Xeindria. She is full committed to DECA, serves as a member of the chapter's executive board and has competed at the area and state levels. She will represent Washington DECA at the International Career Development Conference in the School Based Enterprise Event. In the words of her advisor Jodi Galli, "The pride that she has in her work is contagious, her attitude encourages those around her to work harder." In addition to DECA, Xeindria demonstrates leadership as a captain of the Cascade HS Girl's soccer team. Congratulations Xeindria!
DIAMOND AWARD WINNER
Each year, Washington DECA nominates a business to receive our Diamond Award. A Diamond Award recipient shares our values of integrity, ethics, community involvement, and customer service, and stands out for having made a lasting impact on the organization by giving years of service as well as volunteer and financial support.
We are proud to recognize BECU as our 2018 Diamond Award Winner. BECU has been a long-time partner of Washington DECA, during which time they have sponsored the Chapter Leadership Academy at the Fall Leadership Conference and the Financial Literacy Promotion Project at the State Career Development Conference. In addition, they have provided funding for travel scholarships used by our student members to compete at the International Career Development Conference. Countless BECU staff have served as judges and mentors over the years and have even stepped in to assist individual advisors with Financial Literacy education.