Ascension Parish community photo gallery for Nov. 6, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by Rae Broussard -- The St. Amant DECA club includes officers, from left,Starla Guerra, Kaitlyn Biri, Julian Guerrero , Xavier Foster, Scottye Cassard, Tyler Fontenot, Summer Armand, Morgan Bourgeois and Caitlyn Breaux. Officers not pictured are Lillie Pastorick, Saray Gamez and Tiffany Barker.

St. Amant High School student Scottye Cassard is the 2014-15 president of the school’s DECA chapter.

Tiffany Barker was elected the club’s vice president and serves as Louisiana DECA Southern Region vice president, club adviser Rae Broussard said in a news release.

Other elected officers include Caitlyn Breaux, Kaitlyn Biri, Lillie Pastorick, Morgan Bourgeois, Saray Gamez, Starla Guerra, Julian Guerrero, Summer Armand, Taylor Alberes, Tyler Fontenot and Xavier Foster.

The officers lead club members in various community and school events throughout the year, Broussard said.

DECA members and entrepreneurship class students run a school-based enterprise, or school store, known as Gator Mania. Store employees are required to clock in at their scheduled shift to sell school supplies, cookies and other items.

Gator Mania employees enrolled in Broussard’s entrepreneurship class can earn National Retail Federation and School-based Enterprise certifications.

The programs are paid for by a Marketing Education Retail Alliance Grant, she said.

Entrepreneurship students also will work on getting the school store certified through DECA Inc.

The Gator Mania website is

DECA members will attend several conventions during the school year, including one in New York, Broussard said.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high school and college, Broussard said.

Businesses interested in donating to DECA for students to attend the International Career Development Conference in New York City can email Broussard at or visit