SBHS students Rachel Norotsky, Mehul Shah, and Olivia Dickinson at the International Career Development Conference.

Student Leaders at DECA’s International Conference

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Thursday May 19, 2016

At the end of April, a group of South Burlington High School (SBHS) students traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to compete in the Distributive Education Clubs of America’s (DECA) International Career Development Conference (ICDC). The ICDC is an annual four-day event attended by thousands of high school students including SBHS students Mehul Shah, Olivia Dickinson, and Rachel Norotsky who represented Vermont. The conference, which includes presentations, competition, and leadership training, also affords the opportunity for students who have been appointed state officers to make connections with other state officers and learn skills that prepare them to lead the Vermont DECA Association.

“Olivia and I attended ICDC last year in Orlando, Florida. This is Rachel’s first year,” Shah explains. “The three of us attended the Thrive Conference the first day and the state officer conference the second day. We enjoyed learning and expanding our leadership skills through both workshops.”

Many worthwhile events take place throughout the four-day conference. There are opening ceremonies held the first night,” Shah describes, adding, “It is a huge event. Olivia Dickinson, Vermont DECA President, walked the stage along with all the other country and state presidents to wave their respective flags.”

DECA’s ICDC provides students with great opportunities to further their leadership skills and network with other students. While there, the SBHS students were part of workshops, competed with other students, and attended leadership academies, all of which will support them in their future endeavors.

SOURCE: Frankie Karnedy, SBHS CDC, Correspondent