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I nhi ghs c hool ,Chr i sSul l i va nde c i de dt oj oi nDECA,a na s s oc i a t i onf orma r ke t i ngs t ude nt s , t ol i mi thi si dl et i me .I nhi sf i r s tye a r ,her a nke df i r s ta tt hes t a t ea ndr e gi ona lc ompe t i t i on. Hewe ntont ot heDECAI nt e r na t i ona lConf e r e nc er e pr e s e nt i ngSout hCa r ol i na , ac ompe t i t i onwi t hove r16, 000s t ude nt s . Sul l i va nr e c e i ve dt heGol de nAwa r dof Exc e l l e nc ef orhi spe r f or ma nc e .Hes e r ve d ont hePr i nc i pa l ’ sCounc i lwhe r ehe c ont i nuous l yc ha l l e nge dt hes c hoolon pol i c i e st ha twe r eunj us t .Sul l i va n,be i ng al e a de ra ndi nt e l l i ge ntyoungma n, r e c ogni z e d“ t het r a p”t ha tma nyl owi nc ome f a mi l i e sa r ec ha l l e nge dwi t h.Henot i c e dt ha t t he r ei sane e df orgr e a t e roppor t uni t i e sa s we l la sSoc i a lJ us t i c ea nda dvoc a t e sf ort he pr omot i onoft hemor a la ut hor i t ya ndde c i de d t oa c c e ptt hec ha i r ma ns hi pf ort heDECA’ sSoc i a l / Communi t ySe r vi c eCommi t t e e .Unde r hi sl e a de r s hi p,heor c he s t r a t e dt hel a r ge s tChr i s t ma sc a mpa i gni nt hes c hool ’ shi s t or y,t o c ol l e c tt oysf orc hi l dr e nwhowe r el e s sf or t una t e .Dur i nghi ss e ni orye a ri nhi ghs c hool ,he j oi ne ds e ve r a lpol i t i c a lc a mpa i gnswhe r ehec ha i r e dt hes t ude nt ’ sc ommi t t e e . Chr i sSul l i va na l s owor ke di nt heOf f i c eof t heGove r norf orSout hCa r ol i na .Att hea ge ofonl y17,Sul l i va nwa spr e s e nt e dwi t ht he Ma yor ’ sKe yt ot heCi t ybyCol umbi a ’ s f or me rMa yorBobCobl e ,be c omi ngt he younge s tr e c i pi e nti nt hec i t y’ shi s t or y. Tha ts a meye a rhewa se l e c t e dt ot heSt . Ma r t i ndePor r e sCa t hol i cPa r i s hCounc i l , ma ki nghi mt heyounge s tCa t hol i ci nt he St a t eofSout hCa r ol i nat odos oa ndt he younge s tAf r i c a nAme r i c a nPa r i s h c ounc i l ma ni nt hec ount r y.


I nhi ghs c hool ,Chr i sSul l i va nde c i de dt oj oi nDECA,a na s s oc i a t i onf orma r ke t i ngs t ude nt s , t ol i mi thi si dl et i me .I nhi sf i r s tye a r ,her a nke df i r s ta tt hes t a t ea ndr e gi ona lc ompe t i t i on. Hewe ntont ot heDECAI nt e r na t i ona lConf e r e nc er e pr e s e nt i ngSout hCa r ol i na , ac ompe t i t i onwi t hove r16, 000 s t ude nt s . Sul l i va nr e c e i ve dt heGol de nAwa r d ofExc e l l e nc ef orhi spe r f or ma nc e . Hes e r ve dont hePr i nc i pa l ’ s Counc i lwhe r ehec ont i nuous l y c ha l l e nge dt hes c hoolon pol i c i e st ha twe r eunj us t .Sul l i va n, be i ng

t he r ei sane e df orgr e a t e roppor t uni t i e sa s

al e a de ra ndi nt e l l i ge ntyoungma n, r e c ogni z e d“ t het r a p”t ha tma nyl owi nc ome f a mi l i e sa r ec ha l l e nge dwi t h.Henot i c e dt ha t

we l la sSoc i a lJ us t i c ea nda dvoc a t e sf ort he pr omot i onoft hemor a la ut hor i t ya nd de c i de dt oa c c e ptt hec ha i r ma ns hi pf ort he DECA’ sSoc i a l / Communi t ySe r vi c e Commi t t e e .Unde r hi sl e a de r s hi p,heor c he s t r a t e dt hel a r ge s t Chr i s t ma sc a mpa i gni nt hes c hool ’ shi s t or y, t oc ol l e c tt oysf orc hi l dr e nwhowe r el e s sf or t una t e .Dur i nghi ss e ni orye a ri nhi ghs c hool ,he j oi ne ds e ve r a lpol i t i c a lc a mpa i gnswhe r ehec ha i r e dt hes t ude nt ’ sc ommi t t e e . Chr i sSul l i va na l s owor ke di nt heOf f i c eoft heGove r norf orSout hCa r ol i na .Att hea ge ofonl y17,Sul l i va nwa spr e s e nt e dwi t ht heMa yor ’ sKe yt ot heCi t ybyCol umbi a ’ s f or me rMa yorBobCobl e ,be c omi ngt heyounge s tr e c i pi e nti nt hec i t y’ shi s t or y.


Chris Sullivan Emag