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My love for wearing costumes developed as a child. Even today, I’d have to say, I still enjoy wearing them. As the president of the DECA chapter at my school, I get to dress up in pant suits and pearls, while role-playing as a CEO. While my costume gives me confidence, it is my work ethic and study habits that lead me to success. To prepare for my category, Business Law and Ethics, I had to master knowledge of the customer-service mindset, and study ethical dilemmas in the business world. My DECA experience has allowed me to become proficient in on-the-spot problem solving, marketing strategies, and working with others whom I don’t know very well. My partner and I won our competition and became State Finalists. Our achievement was a true testament to the hours we spent after school practicing and studying.

As a leader of the Fightin' Titans, my school’s student section at athletic events, my costumes vary. Some nights I put on a neon tutu, suspenders, and tall socks for a "Neon Out." Other nights, I proudly wear red, white, and blue for the USA -themed games. Though I am only wearing these ridiculous costumes for the fun of it, my passion for promoting school spirit is very real. The rush that I get when I lead students in...

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