Alex Ellsworth, a senior who competes with Palo Verde High School, is honored to serve as your 2022- 2023 State President for Nevada DECA. Alex is excited to Maximize your Momentum, and inspire passion and connection for our state association, so DECA members can grow as leaders and as people through her term.
Alex is a fourth year Nevada DECA member! She has been inspired by the successes of her peers and of the opportunities that Nevada DECA has to offer. This inspiration translates into her decision to re-run for State Office. She was also the Vice President of Leadership for Nevada DECA, a year prior, which allowed her to work with the State President and her officer team in providing leadership opportunities and connecting chapters on the state level.
Alex plans on attending Florida Atlantic University. She hopes to attain a Business Administration Degree! Alex wants to work for DECA, potentially own her own business, or teach.
A quote that speaks on the benefits of being a DECA member that really inspires Alex is, “Set yourself up for success because everything will fall into place. You just have to be patient, stay optimistic, and trust the process.” She believes that by trusting the process of your DECA path and enjoying every bit of your DECA journey, is how you’ll best take advantage of the benefits and opportunities that Nevada DECA has to offer.
How many people do you know that can solve a Rubik’s cube in 15 seconds? Probably none. Well now, you know at least one.
Nevada DECA’s Vice President of Career Development, Samuel Chen, is a second year DECA member attending Ed W. Clark High School for his sophomore year. Before serving on the Nevada state board, he served as the treasurer on the Chapter board at his high school. In addition to solving rubik’s cubes and leadership, Samuel has achieved remarkable competitive success in DECA, qualifying twice for ICDC, placing second in IBP, second in EIB, and being a finalist for PBM.
He hopes to attend Columbia University and pursue a career in finance and economics. In 15 years, Samuel sees himself working as a financial analyst or hedge fund manager on Wall Street. When Samuel discovers something he is interested in, he becomes passionate to a fault.
Whether it’s piano, tennis, badminton, solving rubik’s cubes, math competitions, and especially DECA, he gives it his best effort by being all in and maximizing his momentum. No matter the situation, Samuel is always ready to offer assistance and has a positive attitude. He loves meeting new people and making new friends. Samuel is extremely grateful to DECA and its community because of the opportunities for learning and career development it has provided, as well as the confidence and personal growth he has gained during his time as a DECA member.
Amber Lovat and is currently serving as the Vice President of Marketing for Nevada DECA. Amber attends the Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas and, during my term, Amber will be becoming a senior and graduating in 2023. It is Amber’s first year as a member of DECA, and in the short amount of time that she has been involved in the organization, she has found a variety of opportunities that have allowed me to gain this position.
Amber won 1st place overall for marketing at my school’s competition, 3rd place in the case study challenge, 4th place in apparel and accessories marketing as well as 2nd place on the exam, and 3rd place in principles of business management (which she competed in during ICDC 2022).
However, most importantly, Amber won 2nd place nationally for the spookiest pumpkin. Although she is unsure of which college to attend, she is looking at places including USC, Emory, Tulane, and Barnard. Amber is interested in getting an undergraduate degree in business and getting an MBA.
Some interests her’s that extend beyond DECA are law (she has competed in mock trials since freshman year), psychology, and athletics. A Chicago University study concluded that music taste can say a lot about a person and this is translated in her favorite podcast “Desert Island Discs” in which famous people are interviewed about songs they would bring with them to a deserted island.
Although her desert island discs will undoubtedly change throughout even the course of her term, some of them include “Half the World Away” by Oasis, “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO, “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac, and “Brazil” by Declan McKenna.
Opal Latpate is Nevada DECA’s VP of Hospitality, and attends The Adelson School as an 11th grader. She plays tennis competitively, ice skates, paints, and travels as her main hobbies. Opal aspires to go to the Wharton Business School to get her MBA at the University of Pennsylvania. Her career goal is to become an entrepreneur by innovating and creating solutions to any modern day problems.
She has done Mock Trial in the past, and got 2 time best attorney. She has also been a part of her schools student council by being 9th grade representative. Opal has been a DECA member for two years, and has competed in various events such as Marketing Communications, which she placed 4th in and 5th place in Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making. As Nevada DECA’s VP of Hospitality, she works directly with chapters in order to establish connections with all DECA members and make them feel welcome. She is looking forward to being an asset to Nevada DECA.