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.
“I’ll be involved with planning the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta next May and my regional conference in Milwaukee in December,” Brashear said.
The five day international conference draws students from across the county and around the world.
“This is the absolute greatest honor of my life,” said Brashear. “Running for international office has been my ultimate goal for the past four years and to see that become a reality is the best feeling in the world.”
In addition to being the Central Region Vice President, Brashear is also the Vice President of the entire DECA nation that represents over 54,000 students in the United States.
Brashear is also involved in student council, Beta Club and Business Professionals of America (BPA). He and Garrett Burton, Hunter Potts, and Jake Brashear were in Orlando earlier this week for the BPA National Leadership Conference where the threesome competed in the video production team portion of the conference. For the contest, the team had to create a three to five minute video production based on an assigned topic. He also received the Lily Foundation Scholarship from the Davies County Community Foundation.
Brashear was not the only member of the local DECA chapter to receive recognition at the conference. Schilling and Alexandra Rosa were the first students from Washington to place second at the International Career Development Conference for their stock portfolio. Washington has had previous third place finishes and Brashear and Austin Bush placed first in the same competition last year.