What DECA is really about

  A club within a class. Sounds interesting, right? DECA is a club within the marketing class at HR. It is meant to teach students for the real world, public speaking, learning how to be professional, and business knowledge, along with many other things. 

  DECA is a competition between students.  Perhaps a worker is getting ready to sell their new product to their store manager, and to do this, they have to give the benefits, say if there are any downfalls, and just convince them that their product is the best one out there. 

  Tyler Smith, math teacher, has just begun to teach marketing, which is a gateway to getting into DECA. He teaches marketing seventh period and he is a DECA adviser. “There are many challenges. Mrs. Young is the only teacher to teach marketing here for over 10 years, so it’s a lot to catch up on,” said Smith. 

  Being the new person in a club can be hard, but when you are passionate about what you are joining, it can make things a lot easier. “Mr. Smith is a great teacher and he is very knowledgeable in the business field. He is a great addition to the marketing and DECA department,” said Grace Padilla, sophomore and DECA member. 

  At HR, in order to be in this club, you have to take the marketing class that is taught by Young. ”I am very fortunate that I get to have the students in marketing for three or four years and I really get to watch them grow and then head off to college or living life,” said Young.

   DECA has many events that they do throughout the year, including multiple competitions like their district competition, state, which is going to take place in February of 2020, and their nationals, which is in April of 2020. 

  Along with their competitions, they also give back to the community by selling goods and getting gift cards for families in need for their final project. When students do this. it not only teaches them how to sell goods and convince people to buy something, but it also teaches compassion. Doing something that may seem hard at first can change multiple people’s lives. “This is my first year and I am really excited about the events and all the knowledge I will get to learn!” said Lauren Thompson, sophomore and DECA member.

Mariah Washington, Staff Reporter

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Two DECA members pose for a photo at the activity fair show casing the DECA table! Photo courtesy of Jamie Young