2013-2014 State Officers

State Officer Team Pictures

State Officer Biographies

Ziyaad Khayrattee
State President

As the Texas DECA State President, Ziyaad Khayrattee is excited to serve all of Texas DECA. Born in Sugar Land, Texas, Ziyaad is a member of the class of 2014 at Clements High School, home of the largest DECA chapter in the world. 

Ziyaad has been involved in DECA ever since his freshman year. During that year, he placed as a finalist at ICDC in Orlando, Florida in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Individual Series Event.  This accomplishment propelled him further  into the DECA world his sophomore year, enabling him to serve as a chapter officer and as the District III President, in addition to advancing to ICDC in Salt Lake City Utah in competition. 

Ziyaad is also a member of the Clements Academic Speech Team, which taught him speaking skills through Lincoln-Douglass Debate and Oratory events early on. He is a member of the National Forensics League at the Merit Degree of Superior Distinction.  He loves playing basketball and is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Boy Scouts of America. Through all these activities, he has gained many experiences that have shaped him into the leader he is today.

Ziyaad is confident that he is ready to serve all of Texas DECA, and looks forward to bringing about the best in Texas! 

Sophia Ding
Vice President

As the new Texas DECA State Vice President, Sophia is thrilled to serve the entire association during the 2013-2014 school year.  A member of the class of 2014, Sophia was born in Montréal, Québec, Canada and attends Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio. In the future, she plans on majoring in International Business or Finance.

As a third-year member, Sophia has held office throughout all levels of Texas DECA, beginning as the Vice President of her chapter, then challenging herself to become the District II President and finally, being elected as the State Vice President. It is an honor to be serving Texas DECA, and Sophia hopes to show her dedication and passion through her actions and diligence this year.

In addition to DECA, Sophia enjoys running, leading her to become a member of the Ronald Reagan High School cross country team, which has taught her perseverance and dedication. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, as well as a Junior Class Officer, President of her school’s National Chinese Honor Society, Historian of the Leo Club and an Advisory Board member for Winners' Circle. Through these experiences, Sophia has molded herself into a more experienced leader, ready to serve Texas DECA.

With her growing leadership skills and demonstrations of responsibility, in DECA and throughout her community, Sophia is more than ready and excited to dedicate herself and her time to serving an exceptional organization filled with outstanding members. 

Galilea Zorola

Galilea Zorola is honored to serve and represent Texas DECA as the 2013-2014 Texas DECA Secretary. Galilea was born in Rio Grande City and is currently a member of the class of 2014 at Veterans Memorial High School in Mission.

Galilea is a three year DECA member. As a sophomore, she served as an officer in the VMHS DECA Chapter Officer Panel, then as a junior she was elected as President-Elect, which reserved her position as President when she is a senior. She has advanced to SCDC in all three years of being a DECA member in the Internet Marketing Plan Written Event, Financial Literacy Promotion Project Written Event, and Finance Operations Research Project Written Event. She has been as state finalist for the past two years, and through DECA has gained leadership skills, speaking skills, and different experiences that have influenced her to pursue a career in finance.

Apart from DECA, Galilea is involved in many extracurricular activities. She is Vice President of Marketing for Student Council, participates in UIL Cross Examination Debate and Informative Speaking, and is also a part of National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, French Club, Mu Alpha Theta, NASA Texas High School Aerospace Scholars, and varsity cheerleading. She is also currently in the process of founding a Key Club for her school to allow for more community service around her area.

Galilea is honored to be part of such an amazing organization and is excited to give back to DECA and have the opportunity to lead Texas DECA and its members to new heights.

Stephen Perkins

Stephen Perkins is honored to be serving as the 2013-2014 Texas DECA Sergeant-at-Arms. A member of the graduating class of 2013, Stephen was born in The Woodlands and attends The Woodlands College Park High School. In the fall, Stephen will be attending Stephen F. Austin State University where he will be majoring in Mass Communications with a Business minor.

As a third-year member, Stephen originally joined DECA  as a sophomore and has since held positions at the chapter and district level. In his first year, he was elected to the position of District IV Secretary, and in his second year, he was reelected to district office, this time becoming the District IV President.

In addition to DECA, Stephen is on staff at his school's newspaper as a regular columnist and he has also served in Student Council since his freshman year. Outside of school, Stephen started and manages a digital media production company where he has had the opportunity to serve as Managing Editor for a popular young entrepreneurship blog as well as a strategic advisor to various teenager-run companies. In his free time, Stephen is an avid golfer and enjoys spending hours at the driving range.

Through his experience in DECA, Stephen has grown as a leader and is enthusiastic to improve Texas DECA over the next year by keeping members on his mind.