WASHINGTON — Connor Brashear, a senior at Washington High School, will head to Indiana University in the fall as a Kelley Scholar to study international business and marketing at the Kelley School of Business. Sound typical? Not so much the case.
Brashear, who is class vice president and valedictorian, will be balancing his freshman year of college with his newly elected position of Central Region Vice President for DECA - the Distributive Education Clubs of America. Brashear and his campaign manager Anna Schilling caucused with delegates from the 14 states in the central region during the 67th annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., last month. Nearly 17,000 students attended the conference. Brashear is one of only three students from Indiana to ever be elected Central Region Vice President.
“Connor planned his whole campaign. I would check to see how was doing with things from time to time but he came up with his own campaign fliers, brochures and other materials,” said Bill Turner, WHS business teacher and DECA advisor.
“Connor is a conscientious, organized, and driven young man,” said Washington High School Principal LeAnne Kelley. “He seems far ahead of his age in years and I certainly believe he will be successful in whatever he chooses to pursue.”
During the caucus, Brashear was asked questions from the other delegates about his campaign that hopes to increase the exposure DECA currently has on social media networks as well as developing more resources for DECA such as competitive event and activity manuals among other things.
“I couldn’t have done any of it without my amazing advisor, campaign manager, campaign team, family and friends,” Brashear said.
As vice president, Brashear will lobby on Capitol Hill and meet with Congress over the summer. This is an important aspect of his duties because DECA receives government funding. He is also scheduled for 12 other out of state appearances.