Julia Kilcup is an outstanding scholar, athlete and leader who has distinguished herself in the area of marketing. As a member of the school’s DECA club, Kilcup has a long list of achievements including serving as president and helping raise thousands of dollars for charities.
Kilcup’s highest point in DECA will start this week, as she attends the organization’s national leadership academy in Orlando, Florida. She qualified for the honor by competing at state level and says the trip to nationals was proof that her work has paid off.
“I worked hard to get there,” she said.
Kilcup took her first marketing class as a freshman and said that class changed her world. After becoming involved with DECA, one of her projects raised nearly $2,900 for the local chapter of the national Project Linus, which provides blankets for sick or traumatized children.
She said she loves the relationships the most about DECA.
“As a team, we get more done,” she said.
As the club’s president this year, Kilcup helped organize the group’s trip to New York City. She also led the team in raising more than $8,000 for local and national charities as well as collect 4,200 cans of food for the food bank.
“Never before, in my 18 years as DECA adviser, have I seen a group of students organize and execute such successful community service projects,” said business and marketing teacher John Selfors. “Our success is due in large part to Julia’s ability to motivate and inspire her classmates.”
He said Kilcup is “as good as it gets.”
“In order to achieve the highest grades and my deepest respect, she has demonstrated outstanding leadership and maintained a clear sense of purpose,” Selfors said.
A soccer player for 10 years, Kilcup is a Scholar Athlete who served as captain of the school’s varsity soccer team.
“Soccer was a way to get out there and have fun but also be active and have relationships,” she said.
Kilcup has maintained a near-perfect GPA while taking many rigorous courses. She credits her parents with teaching her to do her best from a young age.
“I’ve been really driven to do my homework and apply myself,” she said.
Following her passion for business and marketing, Kilcup plans to study management and marketing at University of Washington Tacoma. She said those disciplines apply both math and creativity, two subjects that she considers her strengths.