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The Emerging Leaders Empower Hour is an annual gathering of Washington DECA’s greatest supporters and contributors. It’s a moment to celebrate the successes of the year as well as honor key members of the Washington DECA family – from advisors to students, volunteers and partners – this event is a great place to gather with Washington DECA’s stakeholders, experience our student showcase, and more!

For more information, contact Wendy Menchu-Lopez.

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Support Washington DECA and purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to WIN 2 Roundtrip Alaska Airline tickets for your next getaway!

  • Only 100 tickets will be sold to increase your chances!
  • Tickets are valid to fly anywhere Alaska flies, excluding blackout dates.
  • The winner will be announced during the Empower Hour program on May 27.
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Featuring Everett Fitzhugh of the Seattle Kraken

A native of Detroit, MI, Everett Fitzhugh was announced as the Seattle Kraken’s Team Broadcaster in August of 2020.

Previously, he spent five seasons with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL as their Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting. While in Cincinnati, he was responsible for all matters relating to broadcasting and media relations, including play-by-play for all home and away contests, press releases and media outreach, video content creation, team services, and more. He also served as the team’s official spokesperson and has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio programs, along with several print publications.

His time in Cincinnati saw Fitzhugh achieve a few personal milestones as well, including broadcasting his first National Hockey League (NHL) game in September of 2018 when he announced the Washington Capitals/Boston Bruins preseason game. He was also named to the broadcast crew for the 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic on NHL Network, and was awarded the 2016-17 ECHL Award of Excellence for Public Relations in just his second year in the League.

Prior to his time in Cincinnati, the 31-year-old spent the 2014-15 season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League (USHL) as the Media Relations Coordinator and Broadcaster. He also worked in the USHL League office from 2012-2014 as the Manager of Communications and Director of Social Media.

He is a 2011 graduate of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH, where he graduated with a degree in Sports Management. He also served as the play-by-play broadcaster for the BGSU hockey team from 2009-12. Fitzhugh, along with his fiancé, Shelly, now reside in the Seattle area.

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