DECA students off to nationals

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Five Storm Lake High School students will be travelling to Dallas, Texas, to compete at the International DECA Conference April 28-May 3.

Douan Banhleuxai and Lindsey Dreher will be competing in the Financial Analysis Team Event; Jacob Frederick will be compete in Food Marketing; Angelica Manriquez will be competing in Full-Serve Restaurant Management; and Matt Semprini will be competing in Quick-Serve Restaurant Management.

What is DECA?

Distributive Educational Clubs of America, DECA, were established in 1946 when cooperative programs in marketing education were organized. At that time, distributive education students were employed away from their schools at business training stations, during the afternoon at a time when many of the other students in their school were involved with extracurricular activities. It was felt that these students were missing a very important part of school life. For this reason a club was established to help these students.

Today's DECA is a student-centered organization specifically designed to provide activities that will motivate students to learn marketing, management and entrepreneurial competencies that will prepare them to become skilled, employable workers in the field of marketing. Any student enrolled in the Storm Lake marketing program is a member of DECA. The organization is self-supported and each member belongs to the local, state, and national DECA organization. Sue Mann serves as the advisor.

The DECA chapter is to the marketing education program what a civic or professional organization is to a group of businesspeople. Chapter activities are recognized as a part of the total educational program because they develop leadership skills, professional attitudes, business competency, citizenship characteristics, and social growth of the individual. These same activities serve as a teaching tool by creating student interest in all phases of marketing.

Each year students select an area in which they would like to focus. At both the district and state level they compete with other students taking a comprehensive 100-point test and two role plays in which they are given a scenario and then must discuss with a judge the best method of solving the problem. The top two students in each event then advance to the international conference where a similar competition is held.

This year's DECA students have actively participated in the creation and selling of the DECA Value Card as their fundraiser. With the assistance of the Storm Lake businesses, the DECA students are able to raise revenue that allows them to compete at district, state and international competitions. The support of the community is appreciated.

As their civic consciousness project, the DECA students chose to assist with the Katrina Relief. Each homeroom at the high school was challenged to donate to the cause. Mr. Brenner's homeroom earned doughnuts and juice as well as a "free" reading Friday be donating the largest amount. The homeroom totaled $600 and the DECA program contributed an additional $400 totaling $1,000 which was sent to a school in need. Past projects include the sponsorship of a Storm Lake family at Christmas and trick-or-treat for DECA in which the students collected canned goods for Upper Des Moines.

On May 11, the annual DECA barbeque will be held at the Chautauqua Shelter House with serving from 5-7:30 p.m. Turkey filets, baked beans, chips, and a Little Debbie treat with a soda will be offered at a low cost of $5 or a hotdog meal for $3 for the children. A drawing for a free DECA Value Card will be held every half hour. Everyone is welcome to eat at the shelter house; carryouts are available. Tickets are currently being sold by the DECA students or may be purchased at the door.

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