High honor presented to CIHS DECA advisor Roger Schultz

The Honorary Life Award was presented at the 2011 Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference on Tuesday, March 8. The award was given at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency Ballroom during the Grand Awards Ceremony to an overflow crowd of over 2,000 DECA Members and distinguished guests.

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Roger Schultz with his wife Roxanne, who helped chaperone the students at the DECA Conference.

The Honorary Life Membership Award is the highest award bestowed upon any individual involved with DECA. It recognizes continuous meritorious and personal service towards DECA.

Individuals receiving this award have contributed time, effort and guidance to the organization to aid in its growth and development. Schultz was cited for his dedication to Vocational Education and service to DECA. DECA is a national organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

The Honorary Life Award was presented by Don Schleper, who spoke of some of Mr. Schultz’s accomplishments:

• 1988 Cambridge-Isanti School District Teacher of the Year

• 1988 Cambridge-Isanti School District Teacher of Excellence

• 1991 Minnesota Marketing Educator of the Year

• 1993 National Marketing Teacher of the Year Nominee

• National Marketing Model Program Instructor (The only one ever from Minnesota)

• National Marketing Education Hall of Fame Inductee

• Minnesota DECA Hall of Fame Inductee

• 2000 Minnesota DECA Outstanding Service Award

• President – Marketing Educators of Minnesota

• Vice-President – Marketing Educators of Minnesota

• Treasurer – Minnesota DECA Board of Directors

• District #911 Instructional Council Chair

• President – Cambridge-Isanti Education Association

• District #911 In-service Committee member

• Board of Directors – Cambridge-Isanti Competitive Baseball

• Board of Directors – Pregnancy Resource Center of Cambridge

• Christian Education Director – River of Life Church

Post Graduate Education

• Educational Administration – St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, 1999

• Licensed K-12 Administrator

• Master of Business Education – University of Minnesota, 1989

Schleper then proceeded to have the audience think for a moment about some of those accomplishments, and how so many of them, were accomplished in the first half of his teaching career. Even though these awards would have been the capstone of anyone’s career, Schultz has continued to give selflessly to his students and his organization. Schultz has developed several new and exciting initiatives to meet the changing and challenging demands of his position, the needs of business and Industry, his profession and especially for the needs and interests of his prized possession; his students.

Schultz thanked his family and especially his wife Roxanne for her continued support and patience.

He also thanked his students both past and present. He also made a point of praising his colleagues at Cambridge-Isanti High School and within the Cambridge-Isanti School District, who have been an in inspiration to him with their dedication throughout the years of sacrifice and dedication to their students.

— Article submitted by DECA