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Senior Emma Hovde named a DECA state officer, first time BHS captures a spot

Senior Emma Hovde became the first student from Burnsville High School to win a DECA state officer election.

As a state officer, Emma will represent District II at the Central Region Leadership Conference and State Conference, as well as at DECA Nationals which will be held April 29-May 2 in Nashville. 

This year, DECA required candidates to submit a video for their campaign. Her fellow DECA officers encouraged her to run for office, and members Danny Vazquez and Anthony Tran were instrumental in producing and editing Emma’s video. 

Emma’s video can be viewed at:

Emma is a two-year chapter officer who has qualified for state competition every year since becoming actively involved with DECA in 9th grade. Her work has included assisting Firefly Credit Union with the creation of financial curriculum for freshman level coursework in Success 191 classes, as well as creating an integrated marketing plan for District 191 Early Childhood Family Education. Emma volunteers as a blood drive coordinator for the school’s annual blood drive and is also involved with Youth In Government as their social media manager. 

“If something needs to get done, I can depend on Emma to run with it and accomplish the task,” said Meggan Malone, Burnsville DECA adviser. “This year, we have six officers who are strong leaders and have raised the bar for the 2019-2020 school year!”

“The real-world experience I've learned in DECA has been extremely helpful in deciding what I want to do,” said Emma. “I've found what I'm truly passionate about, and I'm so glad I was able to do this before I got to college.”

Emma currently works part-time as an administrative assistant at Re/Max Advantage Plus, where she will continue to work while attending Normandale Community College next fall.   

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 11:11