DECA helps build real-world skills
By Ashlin Smart
On Sept. 24, I was able to attend Fall Frenzy with my school’s team. Fall Frenzy is considered a “practice” competition for DECA so students somewhat know to expect for regional and so forth.
For Fall Frenzy students are split up into groups of three, but for further competitions you will compete with only yourself, or one other person.
“Each year students compete in a minimum of three competitions, Fall Frenzy in September, District Competition in January, and State Competition in March, said Becky Byrd, teacher of the marketing programs at Perrysburg High School.
“The ultimate goal of every student is to make it to International Competition each year and this falls on either the last week of April or the First week of May and the location changes each year, this year we will travel to Orlando Florida with any students who qualify,”
DECA is a school organization that students all over the world participate in.
DECA helps students 11th grade through college levels prepare for a career in marketing or other business majors. Competitions help students prepare for different business problems they may face, and help them learn to be successful in the business community.
“As a teacher it is rewarding to see students apply the knowledge they have learned in a setting that is not a classroom. Students are building skills used during DECA competitions that will benefit them beyond what I can teach them on a daily basis,” Mrs. Byrd said.
“They are using critical thinking skills, they are building a professional network, they are getting connected to the community and its professionals. Each year students take on projects that they believe are impossible and they do the impossible with them. That is amazing to watch and be a facilitator of.”