St. Amant High School’s Clayton Villemarette was elected president of Louisiana Distributive Educations Clubs of America during the group’s recent Career Development Conference.

Villemarette,who is the vice president of the St. Amant chapter, campaigned for weeks making posters, sending out fliers to other DECA involved schools, and practicing his speech in front of the class.

His knowledge of business and experience at previous conferences gave him an advantage, club sponsor Rae Broussard said.

Villemarette placed second in Customer Service at the conference. He is a valued DECA member and outstanding student.

In addition, he will represent Louisiana DECA at many conferences including the Southern Regional Conference in Boston, Mass. and to help increase DECA involvement in Muscular Dystrophy Association awareness. Clayton states that he is ready to get started with his work as State President and is ready to face all of the challenges to come.

St. Amant had 26 DECA members attend the Career Development Conference.

“They couldn’t have gotten there if it wasn’t for the Ascension Fund Grant funded by Fritz Englade, a MERA grant, and the Literacy Grant funded by St. Amant High,” Broussard said.

Villemarette also attended the Disney Sports and Marketing Conference in Orlando, Florida with Julie Breaux, Ali Gardner and Ambar Hicks.

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

Businesses interested in donating to DECA for students to attend the International Career Development Conference can contact Broussard at