DECA Goes to State Competition

DECA Goes to State Competition

Earlier in the school year, DECA students had the opportunity to compete at the district competition at Stone Bridge High school, where they could advance to the state competition in Virginia Beach if a high enough score was achieved. On the last Friday of January, DECA students met at Loudoun Valley High School where they loaded busses bound for Virginia Beach to the state competition.

DECA, founded in the United States, has now expanded overseas to encompass high school students internationally. DECA is centered around marketing, entrepreneurship, and management, and is further broken down into different categories such as business, hospitality and tourism, and finance. DECA club members have the opportunity to compete in these various categories, preparing them for future careers in the business world. To participate in DECA, students must be enrolled in a business and marketing, economics or personal finance class.

At the state competition in Virginia Beach, the top 6 of every category are given the opportunity to advance to the national competition and leadership conference in Orlando, Florida. Davis Reagan, Brad Hoffman, Bruce Hoffman, Katie Pasielski, Jerod Warfel, Cary Brown, Ryan Virts, and Cody Pasielski will be heading down to Orlando on April 24 to compete.

Between the conference and competition sessions, students were able to relax and bond together.

“We hung out at the hotel and just had fun” said first year competitor and sophomore Noah McBride. “At first I did DECA because I thought it would look good on college applications, but then I found out that I was really interested in it.”

Seniors Betsy Beasley and Rachel Pike, and Junior Eliza Stribling competed in a Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan category, where they had to choose a clothing company to create a campaign for.

“We worked on all aspects of the campaign; marketing, budget, employee training, flyers, and events where they had to advertise a clothing line.” said Stribling of her project.

DECA club members look forward to next year, where they will try to make it to nationals, and further their skills for when they enter the business world.