DECA Members Recall Learning Experience in Dallas

DECA Members Recall Learning Experience in Dallas
Posted on 03/20/2014
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Los Fresnos High School

Twenty-one Los Fresnos High School students competed at the DECA State Career Development Conference in Dallas in February, and returned with memories and experiences that will help shape their career goals.

Held at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Dallas, the three-day conference offered a multitude of activities and workshops for the aspiring business students. Joining more than 3,500 fellow Texan competitors, LFHS DECA members exhibited their abilities in a wide array of competence-based competitive events – ranging from Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan to Accounting Applications.

DECA is a business marketing organization comprised of 12,300 members in Texas and over 190,000 members globally. The mission of DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

The conference presented an opportunity for competitors to refine their presentation skills as they received valuable feedback from employers and business leaders within their respective industries.

Students also engaged in a community service event, demonstrating a core value of DECA. Texas DECA partnered with the "Hats Off for Cancer” organization and shared their mission to improve the quality of life for children with cancer.

The LFHS DECA chapter contributed seven themed hats in addition to the hundreds of hats collected across the state. These hats were later given to children with cancer undergoing treatment in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area.

Many passionate members attribute their future career choice to DECA. DECA competition, especially at the state level, has allowed the competitors to hone in on their strengths and subsequently identify potential college and career options.

“DECA has opened my eyes to an abundance of possibilities," junior and first-year DECA member Sierra Garcia said. "After my experience at DECA State, I’m now really interested in pursuing a career in management and hospitality.”

During the limited recreational time available, the LFHS DECA chapter visited the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth. Students learned about U.S. currency and its production. “I never realized how complicated the process of making money from beginning to end truly was," junior Aaron Cordova said. "The tour was definitely eye-opening," 

Two LFHS members will advance to represent Los Fresnos High School at the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta May 3-6. Angelarose Israni took first place in her Hotel and Lodging Management event, while Audrey Urbis won state in Marketing Management Series.

 “I’m looking forward to seeing the sights in Atlanta, meeting people from across the globe, and representing Los Fresnos through my competition," Israni said.

Jaleah Calvillo was a Top Ten State Competitor and an alternate for International CDC in her Human Resources event. 
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