DECA team attends state competition


Photo contributed by Grace Johnson

The Northwest DECA team poses at states. They placed eighth in the state and placed for nationals.

As the school year draws to a close, clubs and organizations on campus find themselves attending district and state competitions representing Northwest. One of which being our school’s DECA or Distributive Education Club of America.

“We placed for nationals (and placed) eighth in the state,” senior Justin Eiben said.

DECA is a national association that focuses on teaching students business management and administration, hospitality and tourism, marketing and finance skills. Schools compete against each other in presentations and interviewing in a formal setting, one that mimics that of a professional career. There is a lot of preparation that goes into a competition of this nature.

“If you’re in a marketing class you can study in class (and) review your vocab terms,” senior Alex Cullinan said. “Depending on what you’re doing event wise then your friends can help you practice your presentation or can edit your papers to help you out with your category.”

Taking related classes significantly helps when practicing using business vocabulary and skills. However, students aren’t not at a disadvantage if they don’t. There are resources for the classes online that are available to anyone. These skills are also useful outside of the DECA setting.

“(DECA has taught me) impromptu skills and a lot of business vocabulary,” Cullinan said. “I have learned a lot about the marketing scene and the business scene. It’s been good exposure for me in the business world.”

Business, marketing, finance and hospitality are broad subjects with important skill sets that can be applied in a number of other situations. Presenting and interviewing can happen often in both formal and informal settings that don’t have to be management related. DECA offers students the chance to learn life skills that they can carry with them and utilize long after they’ve graduated.

“DECA is definitely worth going to a meeting and figuring out what it’s all about,” Cullinan said.  “It’s hard to explain until you actually try it out. (I hope) people have the courage to give it a shot and see what it’s all about.”

Students, especially if they want to pursue a business field, have something to gain from organizations like DECA, that are committed to teaching valuable and versatile skills.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Eiben said. “It will get you a lot of experience in the business world.”