On Saturday, January 14, 60 DeForest Area High School DECA members went to Sun Prarie High School to compete in the DECA District 3 Career Development Conference. DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders in the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools around the globe.
Students competed by taking tests in economics and a career cluster topic area. After the tests they participated in two role play events, where they were judged by local business people. A combination of points scored on the tests and role plays determined the “series champions”. Students from DeForest who achieved this honor were Hector Solis-Luna, Brianna Mowbray, Isabelle Renteria, Jess Beardsley, Marcus Shannon, Lauren McKay, Riley Pink and Matt Bedker. Other students who achieved Honorable Mention were Evan Hollis, Brandon Clarke, Lara Gahnz, Kate Finnegan and Mari Fletcher.
After the conference Marcus Shannon, DAHS chapter president, was quoted as saying “I can’t believe I got first place, and I really want to do well at state so I can compete at nationals in Salt Lake City.” State officer Matt Bedker added “I think we can all take what we learned here today and use this in our personal and professional lives — not only to develop as a competitor but as a person. DECA has given me so many opportunities, and I am forever grateful.” Also Avery Wiliams said “I can’t wait to take my talents to Lake Geneva” which is where the state conference is being held.
John Webster, DeForest Area High School’s DECA advisor, is now preparing students for the State Career Development Conference and Competition to be held in Lake Geneva on March 13-15. Winners at the state level move on to national competition in Salt Lake City in April.