DECA is an international organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in the four principles of marketing. With over 200,000 members worldwide, DECA encompasses members at both the high school and collegiate level.

Students in DECA compete in various categories of their choice. The competitions are classified into role plays and written events. In a role play, students must think on their feet as they are presented with a task and a time limit just prior to meeting their judges. In a written scenario, competitors have months to prepare a business proposal and create a presentation, based on the topic assigned. Competitions allow students to think about real world problems that they might face in their occupations in the future.

In all three categories, competitors meet with judges who play roles such as the CEO of a business, a supervisor, etc. The judges score the competitors based on their professional demeanor, their responses, and how capable the competitors arein meeting the requirements assigned. Students must compete at regionals to qualify at states.

On Sunday, January 11th, Medaille hosted the Region 12 DECA completion. This region encompasses 14 high schools in the Western New York area. Medaille College’s DECA chapter, Medaille staff, and the DECA advisor, Karen McGrath are to thank for planning Regionals. Nearly 600 students were on our campus to compete! Past NYS Vice President and Founder/President of Medaille’s DECA Chapter, Tania Abousaid, helped the regional board plan the event on campus.

As for students that placed at regionals, they will move on to states. The State Career Conference will take place in March in Rochester, NY. Thousands of DECA students from all over NY will compete in order to place to travel to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC). At ICDC, thousands of students from all over the world compete to hold world rankings in their competitions. Students from Puerto Rico, Canada, Guam, China, and many more countries are present annually. The high school and collegiate ICDC will take place in Orlando later this Spring. Medaille DECA plans to attend their second ICDC this April and bring some more medals home!

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