DECA plans to “beDECAepic” in 15-16

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The 2015-16 DECA Officer Action Team held Leadership Day at the Grayson County Technology Center to prepare for the upcoming year by setting goals, discussing roles of the officers, and planning events for chapter projects. In keeping with this year’s national theme, “beDECAepic,” DECA members will be involved in activities that can showcase their marketing and entrepreneurial abilities, improve their public speaking skills, and help our community through an array of community-oriented service projects. Members will plan “epic” activities as they watch their personal growth evolve to make them better prepared for college and a career.

DECA’s program of work for the upcoming year includes visiting MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) summer camp at Camp Courageous in Scottsville, KY. This week-long residential complete medical facility provides a fun and safe atmosphere which provides special needs campers who have the most serious medical conditions with the chance to participate in swimming, bowling, art/crafts, cooking, fishing, or take center stage in a talent show. This amazing facility is available completely free of charge as it relies on donations to fund its operations.

We look forward to participating in the Freedom Festival on July 18 where guests can purchase barbecue sandwiches, chips, drinks, and brownies. Our annual Bake Sale will be Sept. 5 at Wal-Mart from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., with all proceeds going to MDA.

Our Central Region Conference will be Nov. 19-22 in Kansas City, MO. Conference highlights include interactive workshops, keynote speakers, and entertainment/touring opportunities to local businesses and athletic facilities. We are also very proud that leading that conference will be Ashton Filburn, who was elected as the Central Region Vice President at last year’s national conference.

This year’s Christmas Bazaar will be held Dec. 5 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Centre on Main, with proceeds going to the Michala Riggle Autism Foundation in order to help build a world-class research facility in Louisville, KY. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

Another annual fun event will include DECA and other Career and Technical Student Organizations to promote reading in the county through the Unite to Read program at our elementary schools. The tentative date for that event is Nov. 24, at Lawler Elementary.

The culmination of our work toward competition occurs April 22-27 in Nashville. “Music City” will host our national conference that allows our members to showcase their academic, communication, and leadership skills.

We are very excited to provide the DECA experience to middle school students. Ms. Ashley Johnson leads our GCMS DECA chapter. Working closely with her on this project is our GCHS DECA VP, Ashley Clemons. During Ms. Johnson’s classes, students can learn about marketing concepts and participate in hands-on DECA projects to begin learning how they can “beDECAepic” for their school, community, and themselves.

DECA Officers are Zach Lashley, President; Ashley Clemons, Vice President; Mallory Thomas, Vice President of Membership; Noah Cummings, Vice President of Charitable Causes; Shelbi Pendergest, Vice President of Activities/Historian; Wyatt Jaggers, Vice President of Communications; Kevin Wilson, Secretary; Blake Davis, Treasurer; Jessica Robinson, Reporter; and Advisors are Ms. Cynthia Smith, Mr. Gavin Logsdon, and Mr. Tony Embry.

Our officer action team is excited to get this year started and can’t wait to see the great outcome. We want to thank you for your participation with our events last year, and welcome you back this year. Our success starts with you, and this is going to be a great year with the dedicated support of students and our community.

Any student in grades 9-12 currently enrolled in a marketing class or enrolled in digital literacy or entrepreneurship through the business department is eligible and invited to join this high school student organization devoted to preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Also, we encourage the parents of the members to be a part of the DECA booster’s organization. The first boosters meeting for the 2015-16 school year will be August 20 at 5:00 p.m. in room #68 at the Grayson County Technology Center.

For more information about DECA, please speak to any of our officers, or call Ms. Smith at 259-3195 or Mr. Gavin Logsdon or Mr. Tony Embry at 259-4078.

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