Diane Keng (Bio)
Vice President of Chapter Communications
Sri Ravipati (Bio)
Vice President of Northern District
Allie Raaker (Bio)
Vice President of Southern District
Angeline Dy (Bio)
Vice President of Web Communications
Michelle Mifflin (Bio)
Vice President of Civic Consciousness
Margaret Wong (Bio)
Welcome! Diane Keng is extremely excited to have the opportunity to serve as the 2009-2010 California DECA State President. This upcoming year will be Diane’s fourth year in DECA and her love and passion for DECA only continues to build! In her sophomore year, she became Monta Vista DECA chapter’s Vice President of Membership. Then, in Diane’s junior year, she served as the Silicon Valley DECA President. Silicon Valley DECA consists of four different schools: Fremont DECA, Harker School DECA, Lynbrook DECA, and Monta Vista DECA. In addition, both Silicon Valley DECA and Monta Vista DECA were initiated as members of the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce. Diane is currently on the AABC board, a subsector of the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce. Her DECA experience has been amazing and she only wishes to help create more special DECA moments for all the California DECA members. Other than DECA, she is currently the Youth Block Leader Program Coordinator. The Youth Block Leader Program is one of the few high school programs sponsored by the City of Cupertino. Also, she plays on the varsity badminton team. Another important aspect of her life would be music; she enjoys playing on the piano and often plays to relax. All of her accomplishments that occurred throughout her DECA journey are due to the support of her parents, her brother, her Monta Vista DECA chapter and of course her fantastic advisors, Mr. Carl Schmidt and Mr. Darryl Olsen.
Sri Ravipati is a junior at Irvington High School in Fremont, California. She has been an active member in DECA since her freshman year and believes that the organization has really changed her life and her plans for the future. Sri has been on her school’s journalism staff for the past two years and is currently the Features Editor for her the newspaper, The Voice. Writing and photography are two things that Sri is very passionate about. She immediately applied for the position of Vice President of Communications when she learned that the job incorporated both writing as DECA. Aside from journalism, Sri spends most of her time in high school sports, such as tennis, soccer, and track and field. She is a fan of meeting new people and creating memories. Sri’s favorite quote is “Don’t let the day get you down” because she believes that the struggles in life are what make a person stronger and people should never give up when striving towards a goal. She also feels that sports have really developed who she is as a person because they have given her the skills to assemble with others and work towards a common goal and developing life-long friendships.
Allie Raaker is sixteen years old and is currently a sophomore. This is her first year in DECA and she is excited for this upcoming year. She is a hard worker and has been her whole life. Allie loves to dance and can make just about anybody smile. Her motto is anything is possible with a great team who supports you. She has an awesome team behind her to face this upcoming challenge, as Northern California Vice President, with her family, chapter and new state officers. She is excited to work with all of the State officers.
Hey everyone, this year, Angeline Dy is excited to be your Vice President of Southern California! Right now, she is 15 years old, a sophomore and the secretary of her Rancho Bernardo High School Chapter in San Diego, where she has been active in setting up various fundraisers and socially intelligent events. Angeline gained experience for the officer position by working in her family business of real estate and mortgage, the component that really got her interested in DECA. In other school related activities, Angeline is part of her school’s honor roll and has been a student senator for the last semester. She is also extremely active in her Filipino Cultural Club, and choreographs for her school advanced dance team. Angeline has also achieved a part as a senior black belt at her Tang Soo Do studio, and in her free time, she loves to play the classical guitar, piano and pencil sketch. Just ask her family and friends who say she is naturally a happy, energetic and outgoing person who loves to meet new people. So don’t be afraid to say hi to Angeline if you see her walking byJ. Angeline plans to lift California DECA to new heights in all components, from membership to events and activities. 2009-2010 is going to be an amazing year and Angeline Dy is honored to be this year’s Southern California Vice President.
Michelle Mifflin is currently the DECA Vice President of Web Communications and in her third year in high school, soon to be in her fourth year. Michelle has been home schooled her whole life! Having been in DECA for three years, she has won many things such as DECA Quiz Bowl State Career Development Conference, 1st place written project Southern California District and 1st in region for Virtual Business Challenge. Have you ever wondered what DECA competition Michelle spends the most time working on? Why, Virtual Business Challenge Retailing of course! She spends many hours playing and figuring out ways to get the biggest profit. Aside from DECA, Michelle also participates in 4-H and has done many projects, for some of which she has won Best of Shows. She has been the 4-H club president and treasurer in the past. Ever since she was little she has been working in the family business: a candy store! She has gotten experience in retail sales early on from working there. Of course, she likes to eat some of the candy from time to time. She enjoys being on her computer doing graphic or web design. She also enjoys playing her electric guitar to relieve stress as well as just for fun. She likes playing video game songs or songs from Linkin Park or The Rasmus.
Margaret is in the class of 2010 and currently attends Irvington High School in Fremont, CA, which is located in the Northern California District. She joined DECA in 2007, her sophomore year, and served as the secretary of her chapter. The following year, she served as the Vice President of Conferences of her chapter and hoped to become a part of the CA DECA State Action Team. Margaret is proud to represent California DECA for the 2009-2010 term, serving as the Vice President of Civic Consciousness.
Margaret has a passion for community service and civic awareness. She is the president and founder of Irvington Habitat for Humanity and Irvington Model United Nations. Through these positions, she has portrayed extensive leadership skills, developed a passion for helping the under-privileged in her community, and discussed international issues. At school, she is also a dedicated member of Irvington Interact, participating in most events and attending Interact meetings at the school, area, and district level. In regards to the community, she volunteers regularly in the Newborn Photography Section at her local hospital. She also served as a camp counselor twice at the YMCA Camp Campbell Outdoor Science School.
Margaret loves frozen yogurt, is addicted to Facebook (although she doesn’t like the new layout), and eats anything, everything, anytime. She absolutely loves making new friends so make sure you talk to her at the conferences! Feel free to email, call, or text her.