BY MARY-TATE TEANEY NOVEMBER 25 2014
DECA has continued to grow throughout the past few years at Rose.
Sophomore Jackie Delgado, Rose’s DECA event and project manager, explained the basics of DECA. She said that DECA, which stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a high school club that furthers students’ understanding of business and marketing.
DECA is fairly large club that continues to expand each year.
DECA communications director, junior Haley Creef, works with Jackie Delgado to lead DECA at Rose.
Creef believes that DECA helps to prepare students for the business world.
“It helps prepare emerging business leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance and hospitality in schools throughout the world,” Creef said.
This year the club has over 70 participants and held its first meeting earlier in the year.
“I saw the percentage charts of increase, and J.H. Rose’s DECA chapter is close to having one of the top increases in membership in the state this year,” Creef said. “We went from having 30 members last year to almost breaking 80 this year.”
Many members of DECA are not a part of the club just to learn more about business and marketing or for the extra involvement; they love meeting new people and forming close relationships with other members.
“I love being in this club because of all the activities we get to participate in, and the people are absolutely amazing,” Jackie Delgado said.
The first DECA competition will be 2014 districts. Districts will be held at a local church on Thursday, Dec. 11.
If Rose qualifies, the team will move on to states and then hopefully to nationals.
Last year the team qualified for states and did well enough to send a few members to nationals.
“Last year districts and states went well. At states we had two people get a medal or an award, which is big because it means you qualify for nationals,” Rose DECA president, senior Verena Delgado, said. “I think that with every year we make more improvement.”
The participants hope to do their best and make it even further this year.
“All of our 2014-2015 members are very bright, and I believe we will have a lot of success,” Verena Delgado said.
“We have way more members than we did last year, and I think we’re more prepared for districts and states this year than we were before,” DECA member and senior Jazlyn Barrett said.
The DECA participants are eager and already preparing to do their best in the upcoming competition. All hope to do not only do well individually, but to succeed as a team.