Thursday June 21, 2012
This winter, a group of ten students at South Burlington High School (SBHS) became Vermont’s newest members of DECA—an international organization that prepares emerging leaders in marketing, finance, management, hospitality, and leadership. They joined DECA in the hopes of learning about business and getting a feel for the competition, but ended up surpassing their modest expectations.
At the state competition in March, the SBHS students came away with five first place finishes out of the seven events in which they competed. In addition, SBHS scored a second place medal as well as an honorable mention. Each student who competed at states successfully qualified for DECA’s International Career Development Conference, the next level of competition, which took place in late April in Salt Lake City.
SBHS DECA Advisor Lynn Amey took five students to the competition. Those five helped make up the Vermont delegation of forty-five participants, competing against 14,000 students from all 50 states and 8 different countries. The SB students competing (pictured above) were Riya Patel, Avni Nahar, Brandon Philbrick, Cody Yu and Forrest Scharmer. After several hours of testing and role plays, one of the South Burlington students won a medal for scoring among the top 1% on the marketing test, competing against 360 other students in her event area. This was the first Vermont win at Internationals in the last six years.
In addition to the competitive events, DECA sponsored a trip to an amusement park, a Jabbawockeez performance, a concert by the Eli Young Band, and a fashion show put on by the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The five days in Salt Lake were busy and fulfilling, and made possible by the generous support of VT Federal Credit Union, Merchants Bank, Employee Community Action Council, Courtyard Burlington Harbor, South Burlington Schools Foundation, and the SBHS Key Club.
Coming off a successful first year as DECA members, the South Burlington chapter looks to increase its membership and raise the level of competitive achievement that was initiated this year. Next year’s International Career Development Conference will take place in Anaheim, California, and the South Burlington team hopes to be there. For more information about DECA and South Burlington’s involvement with the organization, please contact Lynn Amey, Business Education instructor at South Burlington High School.
SOURCE: Avni Nahar, SBHS