From School Reports
Webster County Career and Technology Center’s DECA chapter members challenged themselves recently by participating in competitive events at the DECA District II and State Career Development Conferences.
These events demanded a development of problem solving, analytical and creative thinking skills.
DECA District II Conference was held in Olive Branch, where these members participated: Destin Gladney, Business Service Marketing (received highest role-play score of all WCCTC competitors); Jessica Surma and Corrina Windrick, 1st place, Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making; Alicia Miller, 2nd place Personal Financial Literacy; Joseph McKee and Haley Pate, 3rd place, Marketing Communications Team Decision Making; Makayla Morton and Richie Winfield, 5th place, Travel and Tourism Marketing Management Team Decision Making; and Aaliyah Banks and Mineshia McKinney, 6th place, Marketing Communications Team Decision Making.
Jessica Surma, Corrina Windrick, Haley Pate and Joseph McKee chose to further their learning experiences by attending and participating in the DECA State Career Development Conference held in Jackson. They served as WCCTC voting delegates, participated in opening session, testing, role-play and the formal awards ceremony. Surma and Windrick placed 2nd in the state event of Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making.
District and state event competitions each comprise a 100-question test and a role-play performed in front of judges. During the role-play, students are given a written scenario with 10-20 minutes to review and prepare a plan that translates what they have learned into effective, efficient and spontaneous action.
Competitors take on the role of an employee or manager and are given 10 minutes to present their role-plays to the judges, who serve in the role of a business owner or investor. Competitors are evaluated on key performance indicators and 21st century skills.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world.
Dionne Hodges, Business Fundamentals, Business Management and Career Pathway Experience teacher, serves as WCCTC’s DECA adviser.