Mattie Bradford

Mattie Bradford

CASA GRANDE — A recent Vista Grande High School graduate has been named the DECA western regional vice president.

Mattie Bradford is a three-year member of the student-marketing organization.

She served as chapter president in her junior year at Vista Grande and as the Arizona DECA state vice president her senior year.

As one of four regional vice presidents on DECA’s Executive Officer Team, she will provide leadership for the upcoming academic year.

Her experience with DECA in high school provided experiences that allowed her to develop a broad perspective and motivation to “devote herself to bettering DECA and impacting the lives of every member,” her profile on the DECA website says.

She became involved in DECA her freshman year.

“My DECA story differs from many others I have heard before. I know that for a lot of people, there was one defining moment where they recall completely falling in love with DECA. For me, it feels like the love was always there, even from the beginning,” she wrote on her DECA website profile.

Bradford, who often works in her family restaurant and volunteers in the community, wrote that once she became involved in DECA, she became immersed in the experience.

“I devoted my lunch period every day to help work my school’s DECA store. Getting to be immersed in that atmosphere around people who were equally driven is what motivated me to officially become part of DECA the following year and remain in it to this day,” she said.

She said she’s thankful for the opportunities DECA provided.

“DECA has truly prepared me for my future, given me memories I will never forget and brought me an incredible network of people that I consider family,” she said.

In campaigning for the position of regional vice president, she said she hoped “to give others that same experience. I want to change the lives of members, just as they have changed mine,” she wrote.

Bradford will remain involved in Collegiate DECA while she pursues a degree in hospitality. She hopes for a career as a flight attendant.

Founded in 1946, DECA has a goal of preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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