By Asimina Morris
For the past month, the Bedford High School DECA Chapter has been working hard for our next competition, States, taking place March 10th-12th at the Marriott Copley in Boston. The Distributive Education Clubs of America, known as DECA, aims to build a foundation upon which young entrepreneurs and business-minded students can learn valuable business and communication skills to apply to their future careers. The group is led by Business Teacher Justine Flora who started the chapter three years ago.
Bedford has a total of 50 members this year, 31 of whom have qualified to compete among the 2,000 Massachusetts DECA students at the State Conference this year. The overnight offers a lot of opportunities for networking and professional growth workshops.
Last year four Bedford students won the state event and went on to compete at Nationals in Orlando. This year students will head to Nashville if they win.
In order to prepare for the competition, students have been completing practice exams and role plays (case studies) for their specific categories. The practice exams focus on the general field each category falls into, and role plays focus on the specific topic each team participates in. Some categories Bedford competes in include Business Law and Ethics; Buying and Merchandising Retail; Accounting & Finance, Marketing; and Food Retailing Concepts. In order to compete, students take a 100-question exam and then present their case in front of a judge.
On top of preparing for the testing parts of DECA, Bedford students have been seeking donations from local businesses to earn the money necessary to compete at the event. If you are interested in helping our cause, please visit our new “GoFundMe” link, www.gofund.me/BedfordMADECA . We thank you for your community support!