DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.
What is DECA:
DECA is a Business and Marketing Club that is offered to ANY Gull Lake student interested in the field of Business and Entrepreneurship. DECA is a business and marketing competition where students participate individually or as a team in their event category. All Core, Individual, and Team Events consist of a 100 question test and then a role-play where students are given a business scenario and have to present to a judge. Written Events & Projects have specific criteria and then students compose a presentation to give to the judge(s). Depending on overall scores students will advance from the local, to state, to international competitions. To look up specific information about these events go to http://mideca.org/competition/event-categories/.
A student may choose only one event:
Introductory Core Events
* First-time participants
- Principle of Business Management
- Principles of Finance
- Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
- Principles of Marketing
Written Events & Projects (1–3 people)
*These events go directly to States
- Business Services Operations
- Buying & Merchandising Operations
- Finance Operations
- Hospitality & Tourism Operations
- Sport & Entertainment Marketing Operations
- Community Service Project
- Creative Marketing Project
- Entrepreneurship – Growing the Business
- Entrepreneurship Promotion Project
- Entrepreneurship Written
- Financial Literacy Promotion Project
- International Business Plan
- Learn & Earn Project
- Public Relations Project
- Apparel & Accessories Marketing
- Automotive Services Marketing
- Business Finance
- Business Services Marketing
- Food Marketing
- Hotel & Lodging Management
- Human Resources Management
- Marketing Management
- Quick Serve Restaurant Management
- Restaurant & Food Service Management
- Retail Merchandising
- Sports & Entertainment
Team Events (2 people)
- Business Law & Ethics
- Buying & Merchandising
- Financial Services
- Hospitality Services
- Marketing Communications
- Sports & Entertainment Marketing
- Travel & Tourism Marketing
THERE ARE OVER 7,000 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THAT PARTICIPATE IN DECA IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN. DECA:
Integrates into Classroom Instruction – An integral component of classroom instruction, DECA activities provide authentic, experiential learning methods to prepare members for college and careers.
Applies Learning – DECA members put their knowledge into action through rigorous problem-based activities that require creative solutions with practical outcomes.
Connects to Business – Partnering with businesses at the local and broader levels provides DECA members realistic insight into the industry and promotes meaningful, relevant learning.
Promotes Competition – As such in the global economy, a spark of competition drives DECA members to excel and increase their performance.
BENEFITS OF DECA:
Students have the opportunity to be a part of a long Gull Lake tradition. DECA is a wonderful asset to have on any college or job application. It is nationally recognized as one of the strongest business organizations. Over $500,000 of scholarships money is awarded to students in a variety of categories. It allows great connections to business professionals and practices for real-world business situations.
This is a student lead organization. Students need to lead fundraising and practice as much as they can to do well in competitions and for this to be a successful experience. All events will be monitored by advisors, Katie Hansen or Bree Tarnas, but any assistance from parents and the community is more than welcomed. DECA is for everyone - so students that need financial support may ask for additional fundraising information (sell Little Caesars Pizza kits, etc.), and/or can qualify for scholarships. Parents can be involved with assisting in after-school practice sessions, assisting in fundraising events, chaperoning competitions, or becoming a proctor or judge for competitions.
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER:
Must sign up with the advisors, Mrs. Hansen, to be added to the National DECA membership. Any person interested in Business or Marketing should consider becoming a member. DECA is a great overall experience and offers great leadership opportunities and an asset to any resume or applications.
WHAT IS INVOLVED:
DECA is a business organization so it is important to partner with business professionals to make the most out of this experience and be successful in competitions. It is beneficial to find a business sponsor to work with throughout the school year, as well as, other involvement with the club.
Students have to become a national member of DECA which will also allow them to also compete in the regional competition. If students advance to state or international competitions, there are additional dates and fees. The State Leadership Conference is not mandatory but an extra activity that is an additional cost if students want to participate. All costs, except membership fee, may be offset with additional fundraising
COST TO PARTICIPATE:
All members need to pay $75. This includes membership to the National DECA and an opportunity to compete in the Regional Competition. Additional costs may be expected if a student advances to further competitions. Student lead fundraising is crucial to hinder any costs. Scholarships to become a member are available upon needs.
District III Competition - KVCC - included in membership fee
State Conference Competition (must qualify) - Detroit MI - $200
International Competition (must qualify) - Atlanta, GA - $1500