Wednesday March 11, 2015
Vermont DECA, a state affiliate of a national Career & Student Technical Organization held their annual Vermont DECA State Competitions at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center recently. South Burlington High School students once again stood out, with forty students placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the DECA State Competition, far more than from any other school. This year’s competitions were notable not only for these outstanding accomplishments but also for the volunteer leadership exhibited by five SBHS students who worked throughout the year to plan the event.
South Burlington students Neerja Patel, Nirali Desai, Nevil Desai, Ateev Nahar and Isaac Cohen, have been engaged in the planning and organizing of DECA’s two major state conferences; the Fall DECA Leadership Conference and the February state competition. The students created on-line registration forms, contacted and arranged presenters, registered and welcomed participants and selected the menus for the day.
“This last year has been beyond exceptional. From the meetings over lunch, the long workdays or late night rehearsals, the most rewarding parts have included the wonderful people I’ve had the opportunity to work with,” said Vice-President Nirali Desai. In addition, it was a journey that Neerja Patel reflected on, “Throughout the journey, our advisors Mrs. Amey and Mr. Fredette were so supportive in order to create a meaningful experience for me.”
Nevil Desai also shared a reflection about relationships: “For the past year I have been privileged to serve on the Vermont Executive State Action Team. The relationships that I have made with every person on this team, including Mr. Fredette, Mrs. Amey, and many more, are ones that I am very thankful for.”
Isaac Cohen and Ateev Nahar reflected on the important skills they have developed over this year: “Being a DECA state Action Team officer has taught me many valuable skills. It has helped me focus on communications and connections - how important it is to network within your community to expand opportunities, ” said Isaac Cohen. “I learned and improved many important skills, from leading large events, public speaking, and communicating effectively,” noted Ateev Nahar.
Executive Director Bob Fredette commented, “It has been an incredible year for me to have had the opportunity to work with such an energetic, committed and fun group of young people.”
The Vermont DECA leadership team for 2015-16 will be Nirali Desai, President; VP’s Isaac Cohen, Social Networking; Olivia Jo Dickinson, Marketing; Nevil Desai, Public Relations and Ateev Nahar, Communications. Lynn Amey is the team’s coach.