By Asimina Morris
About two weeks ago, students involved in the Bedford DECA Chapter run by Justine Flora, the Business Education Teacher competed against roughly two thousand other students from across the state in DECA’s State Conference at the Marriott Copley in Boston. The Distributive Education Clubs of America, known shortly as DECA, aims to build a foundation upon which young entrepreneurs can learn valuable business and communication skills to apply to their future careers.
Out of the thirty-one BHS students who competed in Boston, six students qualify for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) from April 22 nd to the 26th. Our students heading to competitions are Asimina M., Francesca S., Juwon J., Rachel A., and Sam R., and we also have Lucas O. going to Nashville to participate in leadership workshops run by DECA. Distinct categories Bedford will compete in include: Business Law and Ethics, Food Marketing, Accounting Applications and a written event called Start-Up Business Plan. This year ICDC will be held in Nashville, Tennessee where those students will compete against twelve thousand kids from across the fifty states, Canada and even from over the Atlantic.
At Nashville, each student will be faced with three assignments that assess their knowledge of their category: a one-hundred question multiple choice exam, called the cluster exam, and two role plays. The cluster exams combine multiple categories, and test each student on their familiarity with one of the four major topics in DECA: Finance, Business Administration, Marketing and Hospitality & Tourism. Role plays require the application of the testing knowledge, where each pupil receives a case study that directly relates to their topic. Students formulate solutions to the proposed problems, and present their findings to a judge, typically an accomplished member of the field each student tests in.
On top of preparing for the testing parts of DECA, our 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 GoFundMe link at gofund.me/BedfordMADECA . We thank you for your community support!