DECA Fall Leadership Conference

by Steven Kelly, DAHS Senior

Bright and early on Sunday, November 4, thirty-six of DeForest’s DECA members departed from the high school, headed for the 2012 Fall Leadership Conference at Chula Vista Resort.  Twenty DECA chapters from across the State of Wisconsin were represented at the conference, designed to help students grow as leaders and bring new ideas back to their respective schools.

The activities was led by FOCUS Training, based in Wisconsin, and the DECA State Officer Team, one of whom is from DAHS, Riley Pink.  Over the course of two days, students were led through a variety of leadership workshops, learning everything from how to grab the attention of a large crowd, to simple business dinner etiquette.  According to DAHS freshman Makala Marquis, “I learned that success can only be achieved through hard work, innovative ideas, and a positive attitude.”

Participants were given opportunities to collaborate with students from other schools to discuss ideas and initiatives for their DECA chapters.  They were also given challenges that made them think on their feet and solve problems together.

But it wasn’t all business.  Though they had an early start Monday morning, many students had some fun after their last session on Sunday night.  Schools got together to play cards, listen to music, and eat.  There was also a dance and a mechanical bull.  According to teacher/advisor John Webster, students that attended the leadership conference had fun, while benefiting personally and bringing home good ideas.  As junior Bryce Bellefeuille put it, he loved “participating in the various workshops from FOCUS Training as well as meeting new people.”

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