LCTI student elected to DECA state executive council
Catasauqua High School and Lehigh Career & Technical Institute student Dylan Gino was recently elected to serve on the Distributive Education Clubs of America state executive council.
Being elected to the council, Dylan said, was an overwhelming experience.
“When they announced my name I couldn’t believe it, as tears were running down my face,” he said. “I went over to my adviser [Cydnee Barkley] to hug her and thank her for helping me make this all possible,” he said. “It felt so good to have put all my time and effort into this campaign and for it to pay off.”
His seat on the state council comes with a trip to Anaheim, Calif., in April, for the national DECA convention, where he will train with other newly elected members from the states.
“It still doesn’t feel like a reality to me yet.,” he said. “It feels great to represent my home chapter, Lehigh, and District 7, on Pennsylvania DECA’s 2017-18 Executive Council.”
Dylan, who serves as the vice president of social media for the LCTI DECA chapter, said he decided to run for the position after being impressed with other state officers.
“As a first-year DECA member attending the state conference, I saw the state officers and thought, ‘Wow, I wish I could be them,’” Dylan said.
Dylan, a marketing student at LCTI who has been a member of DECA for three years, has won two district medals in hospitality and tourism. He placed third at district competition and later advanced to state competition, winning two mini-awards for the highest test score and highest role play score.
Dylan also competed in a virtual business hotel competition, placing first in Pennsylvania, fourth in the North Atlantic Region, and was ranked 17th out of 500 teams in the nation.
The state awards at this year’s state competition in Hershey is an experience, Dylan said he will remember for years go come.
“At the beginning of the grand awards, I was inducted into the 2017-18 executive council,” he said. “Getting on stage in front of 2,200 students was an experience I will never forget. I would have never been able to get to where I am now without my DECA adviser Cydnee Barkley, my marketing teacher and [2016-17 executive council member] Trevon Bradshaw for giving me the confidence to run for a high tier position like this.”
Dylan says he will be heading to Hershey in June to receive further officer training and to find out if he will serve as state vice president of communications, vice president of community outreach, vice president of business partnerships or vice president of development.
Denise Bailey of Catasauqua, Dylan’s grandmother, said she is proud of her grandson’s accomplishments.
“I was in this 41 years ago and was state treasurer, so you an imagine how proud I am,” she said.
After graduating from high school, Dylan hopes to attend West Virginia University and participate in the school’s DECA team, while pursuing a career in hospitality tourism management.
“My dream is to be a general manager of hotel in New York City or Philadelphia,” he said.
But first, Dylan said he intends to run for state DECA president for the 2018-19 year.