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Meet your 2013-2014 Indiana DECA State Officer Team

Brandon Sakbun, State President

Hey Indiana DECA what’s up? My name is Brandon Sakbun and I’m super pumped to be your state president! I am really excited to work with the state officer team in order to accomplish the goals we have set! Outside of DECA I’m involved with the Terre Haute South Swim Team, Treasurer of Student Council, National Honor Society, STAND Club, French Club and I’m a professional Wii Golf Player. I’m a movie critic, dance master and an avid comic book reader. My personal goal is to be involved with Indiana DECA as much as possible. Feel free to contact me at and inform me of what’s going on in your chapter or district. Also be sure to friend me on Facebook or follow me on twitter @BSakbun_Deca to keep up with the latest news about Indiana DECA!


Derek Whitis, V.P. of Technology

Hello Indiana DECA, my name is Derek and I am your 2013-2014 Vice President of Technology. My goal this year is to better incorporate technology into your DECA experience! I am a senior at Ben Davis High School where I have participated in DECA for 3 Years. I play Soccer and Football while participating in Physics Club, Robotics Club and Chess Club. When I am not doing DECA or school stuff I am hard at work downtown at AxiaTP where I work as a programmer/developer.  After DECA, school and my job I don’t have much of a life left, so I try to satisfy my gaming addiction with any time I can find. Follow me on twitter @DerekWhitis and Email me any questions you have at I look forward to seeing all of you at SCDC, and hopefully in Atlanta for ICDC!

Sidarth Singh, V.P. of Corporate Development

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Destiny Shafer, V.P. of Communications

Hey Indiana DECA! I'm Destiny Shafer, your 2013-14 Vice President of Communications. Many of you may already know of me from being apart of last year’s state officer team, where I held the position of District 9 President. I am now a senior at Union City Community High School where I am class vice president, SADD student body president, and have been apart of my DECA chapter for three years. DECA has become a huge part of my life and I hope that it will be just as big for all of you! Along with my involvement in school I also take ballet and jazz at a local dance studio, lifeguard at my city pool, and I waitress at Pizza Hut! I feel honored to serve again for you as an Indiana DECA state officer and I cannot wait to Make it Count for my senior year! Feel free to keep in contact with me via Facebook, follow me on Twitter @DECAdest, or email me at

Jacob Newlin, District 1 President

Hello! I'm Jacob Newlin your District 1 President. I am a senior at Washington Township Middle/High School, and I am excited to get to know all of you over the course of this year. I am hardworking and extremely dedicated in everything I do. I participate in many extracurricular activities including Student Council, Band, S.A.D.D, Spell Bowl, multiple academic teams, and of course DECA!  Outside of school I love to snowboard and travel! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! I can be reached at any time by emailing me at Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @NewlinJacob!

Jasmine Edison, District 2 President

Hi Indiana DECA! I'm Jasmine Edison and I am your 2013-14 Indiana DECA District 2 President. I am a senior at Penn High School and this is my third year of DECA. Outside of DECA I'm involved in Student Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters, 4-H and many other organizations. I love Twizzlers, Maroon 5, Nicholas Sparks and reruns of FRIENDS! I want to later in life move south and pursue a career in advertising. I can't wait to get to know all of you and make every second of this year count! Feel free to follow me on Twitter @JasmineDECA or hit me up at

Alicia Warmath, District 3/6 President


Hello DECA! I'm Alicia Warmath and I am excited to be your district 3/6 president during 2013-2014. I am a senior and the Vice President of my class at Mississinewa High School where I have participated in DECA for three years. Aside from DECA, I have held a spot on my schools varsity cheer squad for the past four years. I take everything I do seriously, but I love having a good time. I love to smile and always look for the positives in any negative situation. I'm someone you can always count on, and I'm looking forward to making your DECA experience just as good as mine. I know what I want in life and even though I'm a small town girl at heart, I have big dreams for my future! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at!

Baylee Crum, District 4/5 President


Hello, I am Baylee Crum your District 4/5 President!  I am very excited for the year ahead and I can’t wait to meet all of you!  Every day I drive 30 minutes round trip to go to a neighboring school half days just to be in DECA.  I am very DECA-CATED and look to bring out the best in everyone!  Besides DECA I am involved in NHS, Student Council, theatre, karate, cross country, and track. My future plans include attending Purdue University and majoring in management.  Outside of school, I enjoy riding dirt bikes and spending time with friends.  Please contact me at any time with questions or even just to chat at  Also, follow me on Twitter @BayleeCrum and Facebook!

Allison Sherrill, District 7 President


Hey guys, I’m Allison Sherrill, I’m a senior at Terre Haute North High School, and I am your 2013/2014 Indiana DECA District 7 President! I am proud to say this is my fourth year in DECA, and it has definitely changed my life for the better. Outside of my devotion to DECA, I am involved in music theatre, student council, class senate, drama club, Latin club, Counterpoints (performing choir), and Academic Super Bowl. Also, in my free time I love to read, and I have to admit, I am completely obsessed with Elvis! I am so excited to work with this year’s state officer team, and you better believe we are going to make this year the best yet for Indiana DECA! Feel free to hit me up at if you have any questions! See you at SCDC!!!

Samantha Johnson, District 8 President


¡Hola Indiana DECA! My name is Samantha Johnson, your 2013-2014 District 8 President. I am a senior at Martinsville High School and a three-year returning DECA member. Along with being a DECA Diamond, I am a member of six additional extracurricular clubs, including National Honor Society. I am also a Varsity Football and Men's Track Manager and a Varsity Basketball Cheerleader. Another fun fact about me? I was recently awarded the Top Student Anchor in the state of Indiana, so look for me on CNN someday! But for now, I want to make it count this year in DECA with my fellow state officers and you, the members of this great organization! Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, complements, or concerns at and follow me on Twitter @Samantha_DECA. I wish you the best of luck this year in Indiana DECA!

Emily Causey, District 9 President


Hello there!  My name is Emily Causey and I am your 2013-2014 Indiana DECA District 9 President!  I am a junior at Union City Community High School which happens to be located out in the middle of nowhere (also known as Union City, Indiana.)  I am involved in DECA, Science Olympiad, Student Council, theatre arts, and among other things band.  Music is and has always been a huge part of my life. When I grow up, I hope to either work for a major record label making stars or in fashion merchandising.  When I’m not spending time at school or with friends, you can find me at home watching reruns of Friends or One Tree Hill, possibly looking at memes on the Internet, or eating Wheat Thins.  I cannot wait to have an awesome year as the District 9 President and having fun with my fellow DECA members.  I don’t bite much, so hit me up sometime on Twitter @tweets_by_emily, Facebook, or e-mail me at

Bailey Kendall, District 10 President


Hey, Indiana DECA!  I’m Bailey Kendall.  I’m a junior at Washington High School, starting my second year of DECA, and I can’t wait to represent you as your 2013-2014 District 10 President!  In addition to DECA, I am a class representative, a member of Student Council, Beta club, BPA, and a whole lot of other things.  Despite all of these super-cool activities, I have plenty of free time, which I usually spend either improving your DECA experience or watching TV—my favorite shows are Breaking Bad and Parks & Recreation.  My future plans include attending Indiana University, pursuing a career in chemistry, and traveling the world.  This year’s plans are equally great.  I’m going to use my position in Indiana DECA to really make it count!  Feel free to hit me up at!