DECA Delviers at State Competition

Morgan Beck
EE Staff Writer

kylebeckThe THS DECA team earned top honors at the 65th State Career Development Conference at the Aqua Turf on March 13, 2017. Trumbull High had 47 members participate in the competition with over 1,000 students from Connecticut. The students competed as individuals or teams on a wide variety of topics.

In school the class prepared with example role plays, presenting to other teams who would give them a mock score based on rubrics similar to those used at the actual competition.

“The preparation for the competition helped my skills in interaction and presentation, as well as my knowledge of business, to grow,” commented Saloni Shah, a Junior currently enrolled in the THS marketing class. “I realize the new experiences and opportunities DECA has left for me. DECA has created a new path for me in my future.”

The students learned how to communicate among their teams. All participants walked away with the ability to generate ideas, and present them in an organized manner.

After arriving at the Aqua Turf on the day of the competition, the DECA team was on edge waiting to be given their schedules and time slots.

Individuals first had 10 minutes to prepare their presentations and were then asked to present for an additional 10 minutes in front of a panel of local business professionals. The team part of the competition consisted of 30 minutes of preparation followed by a 15 minute presentation.

Additionally, team members participated in an earlier exam before competition day. Performance on the test was calculated into the overall scores that were announced at the dinner the evening of the competition. It was around 3 hours long and very nerve racking as the categories were each called one by one and the top 6 were slowly called up for each of them.

Saloni Shah, who received 3rd place in Professional Selling; Jorge Wismar, who received 3rd place in Business Management and Administration; Jack Stachura and Sean O’Hagan, who received 1st place in Hospitality and Tourism; Isabella Ryder and Elizabeth Wynne, who received 3rd place in Buying and Merchandising, all automatically qualified to compete in nationals.
“It was a great learning experience for Jack and I,” says Senior and First Place winner Sean O’Hagan. “It was the perfect opportunity to learn more and explore my interests. Thanks to DECA, a career in business is something I might consider in the future.”

These winning students will get the chance to travel to Anaheim, California to participate in the International Career Development Conference this April. competition ever at our school.

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