Sixteen students from DeForest Area High School traveled to Atlanta, Georgia in April to compete at the International level for DECA. DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
At the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), three students from DAHS excelled in competition. Kylie Rogers, who recently finished her term as Vice President of Community Service for Wisconsin DECA, competed in the Marketing Communications Series Event. Rogers was recognized on stage and received a silver medal for one of her role plays. “Networking with leaders from all over the world at ICDC is an incredible experience,” Rogers expressed. She also received the Pat DiPlacido Memorial Scholarship at the Grand Awards Session.
Emily Chermak, a senior and current DeForest DECA President, earned a silver medal for her outstanding test score. “Being honored on stage at ICDC was the perfect way to end my high school DECA career,” Chermak stated.
Lastly, current junior and newly elected Wisconsin DECA State Officer, Audrey Williams, was recognized as a finalist for her performance in the Apparel and Accessories Marketing series. The DAHS Team was elated when they heard Williams’ name and are extremely excited to see everything that she is able to do for Wisconsin DECA in the upcoming school year!
DeForest DECA as a whole was recognized for being a top ten Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) fundraising school in the world. In total, DeForest DECA raised over $5,600 for MDA throughout the 2017-2018 school year. This was achieved through various student-led efforts including the Haunted House and Mr. Norski events, and through selling M&Ms at high school sporting events. DeForest students had the honor of attending a luncheon that recognized the top ten contributors to MDA, which featured guest speakers that shared the impact of the funds raised. All students that attended the International Career Development Conference were grateful for the opportunity, and they benefited from the networking experience that it provided.