1st row, l-r: MacKenzie Pelkey, Kayleigh Zervos. Sam Russell, Nikos Biskaduros, Caitlin Mooney, Alex Zintel, Greg Labrie, Alesha Kimball
2nd row: Eamon Scott, Alexa Silva, Alycia Silva, Chris Mann, John Hagan, George Lord, Jackson Flanders, Brianna St. Clair
3rd row: Cailee Greene, Quianna Willard, Jake Silva, Marisa Dobbins, Warren Quinlan, Noah Payeur, Owen Payeur
Members of DECA at John Stark Regional High School recently attended the three-day DECA New Hampshire Career Development Conference held at the Manchester Radisson. One of the highlights of DECA membership, this conference gives students a chance to showcase their talents in competitive events and presentations, all based on skills learned in their business classes, jobs, and DECA. From written tests to case problem solving to business plans and ad campaigns, there were over 40 categories of events for students to enter. The student work doesn't begin at the conference, most students spend many hours studying, preparing, polishing and practicing for their events prior to the event. Categories include, but are not limited to, Marketing, Advertising, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Travel, Hospitality, Sports Marketing, Business Management, and Market Research.
DECA is a non-profit career-tech organization for high school students who are enrolled in marketing, business, and business related courses. It is a curriculum based, leadership focused organization which offers students a chance to develop their business, entrepreneurial, and management skills as well as develop social and team building capabilities. There are over 700 DECA members in New Hampshire, in chapters located in 20 different high schools and career-tech centers. Throughout the United States and Canada, there are more than 201,000 members, and new chapters are opening in Germany, England, and Mexico.