DECA teams polish up at Districts

A few students from CFHS are hoping to make a trip down to Atlanta, Ga., along with about 15,000 other high school students across the country this May for DECA. DECA is a marketing organization for students who are interested in business, entrepreneurship, leadership and any other thing having to do with business.

DECA is run by business teacher Matt Flaherty. Julie Cuvelier, a fellow CFHS business teacher, helps Flaherty with all the stuff they do for DECA. “My favorite part is probably when the kids come back after they’ve graduated and talk to me and say how much it helped them. They say they are glad they did it,” Flaherty said.

At a normal DECA competition each person takes a 100-point marketing test. Questions on this test normally have something to do with stuff teachers have talked about with their students in business classes.

The second part of the competition is where each person or group is given a business situation, and they have to solve a problem. The group or individual has 20 minutes to prepare for the answer. Once they have their answer, they go and sit with the judge, tell them their problem and then answer a few questions.

“I do DECA because I see that there is a benefit for everyone. It takes a lot of time to do it, but the reward is worth it,” Flaherty said.

In order to get to Nationals, individuals and teams need to finish the competition in the top three at State. Before State they have Districts, which is like a practice round for State. Districts was held at the Cedar Falls mall on Thursday, Jan 30.

At Districts, first place finishes went to Sami Schildroth in restaurant marketing, Jordan Caruso and Madison Wood in sports and entertainment team management and Austin Miller and Eli Berregaard in hospitality team management.

Second place finishes went to Caine Wildeboer and Jack Sannes in sports and entertainment team management. Honorable Mentions went to Ross Pierschbacher and Jared Deines on the sports/entertainment team, Elle Stackhouse and Ashley Holstun on the travel and tourism team and Megan Bradford and Josie Johnson in principles of business management.


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