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DECA Members Place in Competition

Back row left to right: Mr. Steve Lyons, Riley Curtis, Anna Martinez, and Tierra Thompson. Front row: Erin Kelly, Drew Wandzilak, Margaret Wright, and Hannah Organ.

 Cuthbertson High School’s DECA chapter (Distributive Education Clubs of America) went to Marvin Ridge High School to compete in a regional DECA competition. Tierra Thompson, president of the CHS chapter, along with Mr. Steve Lyons and Ms. Kathryn Howie, club sponsors, helped direct the club members at the competition. There were nine students to attend the competition and three of them placed in the top leaderboards! Tierra Thompson, Anna Martinez, and Drew Wandzilak all placed in the top three of their categories. This event took place the night of December 3, 2014. 

DECA club officers influenced new club members to go to experience the competition. There is a lot of marketing information covered in DECA meetings, but for students to get hands-on experience means a lot. The competition gives a feel for what an interview for a job would be like later on in students’ careers, especially if they go into the business world. The students dressed up as if they were going to a real job interview. They received a prompt and participated in a role play/interview scenario in a professional manner. Depending on how well they performed in the interview, they could place. 

Students work on marketing techniques and take what they learned in the classroom and what they took from meetings so they can do well in the competition. In the role play, students are required to act appropriately, dress nicely, and strive for their best. The topics that students can choose from are Principles of Marketing, Quick Serve, Retail, Apparel and Accessories, and Sports Marketing. Students are able to talk to local business owners and get a feel for what running a company is like. The students are hopeful that they will get the chance to participate in the state competition this spring in Raleigh, NC. 

“I had been to a Regional DECA competition before, which really helped improve my score this year. It was a great experience that not many people have before they go in for a real-life interview. I want to work in retail when I’m older, so having this learning experience makes me happy I joined DECA,” said Erin Kelly, junior and vice president of DECA. 

“DECA is a fun educational club that allows you to meet different students from around the district while learning business and marketing skills, as you would in the real world,” said Tierra Thompson, senior, and president of DECA, who took 3rd place in Quick Serve testing. 

Drew Wandzilak, freshman, won 3rd place overall in the Principles of Marketing category and 2nd place in role-play at his first-ever competition. 

“I was surprised because I felt unprepared, but now I know that my club officers have prepared me. I cannot wait until the state competition this upcoming year,” said Drew.

Anna Martinez, junior, took 1st place for role play in Principles of Marketing. 

“DECA is an awesome club where we are given opportunities to prepare for our futures and meet new people. It was really cool to talk to business owners because they want to help prepare you for the real world,” said Anna. 

“DECA has brought out my passion for marketing,” said Carter Gommo, junior and historian of DECA.

“Mr. Lyons is a great sponsor and really helped us prepare for this competition,” said Kaleb Atwell, secretary of DECA.

Visit http://www.deca.org/ for more information on DECA. 

Club officers Tierra Thompson and Erin Kelly had attended a regional competition in previous years. They enjoy encouraging participation and leadership skills to all members and are hopeful for a fundraiser this spring.  

Written by: Judy Davis
Posted: Dec 19, 2014 by Judy Davis

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