South Burlington High School students at the Vermont DECA state competition.


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Thursday February 18, 2016

More than 75 South Burlington High School students participate in DECA, an international organization that prepares students to become emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. SBHS had 41 students compete in this years’ state competition in February with over 35 students receiving medals for placing first, second or third. Five SBHS students were also voted to represent Vermont DECA as state officers for the 2016-17 year.

DECA has been a co-curricular activity at SBHS for the past five years under the advisement of SB Business Educator Lynn Amey. Along with preparing to compete in local and national competitions, DECA students also participate in community service and fundraising activities. One of DECA’s most successful community service activities this year was working with JUMP (Joint Urban Ministry Project), a Chittenden County non-profit organization that helps low-income members of our community. The students sponsored a personal hygiene drive where they collected more than 300 hygiene items to donate to this important organization.  

Along with community service, DECA students also need to fundraise in order to attend state and national competitions. In 2015, many South Burlington community members helped DECA students reach their fundraising goals. In particular, Moose Lodge #1618 sponsored a “Fish Fry” last April, serving up Lake Champlain Perch in addition to a special Calcutta dinner. Both events raised over $3,000 for SBHS DECA. South Burlington is very appreciative of all the support they have received from the Moose Lodge members and the community at large.

Some SBHS students will be attending the International DECA competition in Nashville, Tennessee this April, where they will compete and partake in leadership conferences with over 17,000 other high school students and business leaders from around the globe.

For more information about DECA including volunteering to be a judge at a local competition or supporting SBHS students, contact Lynn Amey at