November was National DECA Month

SHS DECA members celebrate the finale of National DECA month (November) with Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

November was National DECA month, dedicated to celebration and recruitment of new members. SHS DECA had a fun and fabulous time promoting DECA with special events throughout the month of November. 

There were three major events during the month long celebration. The first event was a special dress up week for all students and staff. Each day a specific dress theme was given. The unique themes were Cowboy day, professional dress, jersey day, prep day, and red, white, and blue day. Teachers were awarded a Jeans Day pass for participation and students were able to win a special spirit cup filled with candy for the best dressed.

There were three major events during the month long celebration. The first event was a special dress up week for all students and staff. Each day a specific dress theme was given. The unique themes were Cowboy day, professional dress, jersey day, prep day, and red, white, and blue day. Teachers were awarded a Jeans Day pass for participation and students were able to win a special spirit cup filled with candy for the best dressed.

DECA also held a question of the day for the second week. A question about DECA was tweeted out each day. Students needed to retweet or private message their answer to the DECA tweet. A random winner was picked each day and awarded a BW3 certificate for wings. The questions were difficult to answer and some research was needed. DECA’s intentions were to get students to look at what DECA was really all about.

National DECA sponsors the Idea Challenge every year during DECA month and SHS DECA truly loves to participate in this event. A mystery item is revealed on a specific date and time. Once the item is revealed, DECA members have only 7 days to make a product from that item, film a 3 minute or less video and upload it to Youtube. The mystery item this year was an empty water bottle. DECA members developed several items using only water bottles and some minimal items such as tape and glue. A shoe storage shelf, ottoman, desk light, and a small, one man boat was made. The results will be given at a later date, but DECA members could win $5,000 if chosen as winners in their high school age bracket.

Our final event was held on November 30. Students and staff were asked to wear ugly Christmas Sweaters for the day. If you wore a sweater you could come to the DECA room and get a deliciously fresh donut from Jim’s Donut in Vandalia. The DECA tables were lined with boxes of donuts filled with a variety of 500 donuts. Students and staff trickled in all day to grab a donut and by the end of the day, all 500 donuts were spoken for. What a delicious day!

With DECA month over, the SHS chapter is now focused on preparing for out January 31, 2017 district competition at Ohio Northern University. Students will compete in business and marketing events such as team and individual case studies, Fashion Merchandising Promotional Plan, Sports and Entertainment, and Community Service projects. Winners at the district level will proceed to the state level and compete with all of Ohio in March 2017 for a chance to go compete in Anaheim, California at the International DECA Competition.

The Sidney High School DECA chapter has been in existence for over 20 years and is 40 members strong this year. DECA is an Association of Marketing Students and is an International program with over 275,000. The purpose of DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.





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