The 2016-17 DECA Officer Action Team met on June 8 at the Grayson County Technology Center for Leadership Day 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, “Own Your Future,” 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 activities as they watch their personal growth evolve and make them better prepared for college and a career.
DECA’s program of work for the upcoming year includes raising awareness and money for MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) summer camp at Camp Courageous in Scottsville, KY and other medical needs for those with MDA.
MDA Camp is a 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 totally free of charge as it relies on donations to fund its operations.
We look forward to participating in the Freedom Festival on July 15 by hosting a “Glow Swim” at the Leitchfield Aquatic Center. Swimmers will have the chance to purchase glow items and MDA t-shirts and participate in a special “glow swim” activity. Our annual Bake Sale is September 3 at Wal-Mart from 8:30 am -1 pm with all proceeds going to MDA.
Our Central Region Conference will be November 17-22 in Indianapolis, IN. Conference highlights include interactive workshops, keynote speakers, and entertainment/touring opportunities to local businesses and athletic facilities. This year’s Christmas Bazaar is December 3 from 8 am -2 pm 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 November 22 at Lawler Elementary.
The culmination of our work toward competition occurs April 25-30, 2017 in Anaheim, CA. “Disneyland” 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 are GCHS Chapter Officers Dayton Blair, Amos Goodman, and McKenzie Snyder. During Ms. Johnson’s classes, students can learn about marketing concepts and participate in hands-on DECA projects to begin learning how they can “Own Your Future” for their school, community, and themselves.
DECA Officers are Ashley Clemons, President; Zach Lashley, Vice President; Dayton Blair, Vice President of Membership; Haley Risinger, Vice President of Charitable Causes; Ethan Hayse, Vice President of Activities; McKenzie Snyder, Vice President of Communications; Haley Dockery, VP of Correspondence and PR; Amos Goodman, VP of Finance; and Chase Minton, VP of Chronology. Advisors are Ms. Cynthia Smith 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 is eligible and invited to join this high school student organization devoted to preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. We welcome former GCHS DECA members to join our alumni group or our business/industry partners to join Professional DECA.
The cost for both alumni and professional DECA is $15. Also, we encourage the parents of the members to be a part of the DECA booster’s organization. The first boosters meeting for the 2016-17 school year will be August 17 at 5 pm in room #68 at the Grayson County Technology Center. For more information about DECA, please speak to any of our officers, or call Ms. Cynthia Smith at 259-3195 or Mr. Tony Embry at 259-4078.