Carlmont DECA is a club that arranges students into their future ideals of business, management, and marketing finance. The purpose of the club is to guide students in competing events and to educate scholars on business concepts, which may be beneficial for college.
“DECA is an international business organization with local chapters at high schools and colleges. Carlmont’s DECA chapter participates in a variety of business activities, from competing at DECA conferences to meeting with sports teams’ business executives,” said Selena Sun, a senior, who is the founder and former co-president of Carlmont DECA.
Students from different grades and crowds meet at D3 during lunch and after school each Wednesday for DECA club meetings. These meetings include workshops to work on various projects or activities and prepare for any upcoming competitions. The students have an opportunity to learn new skills in finance, investments, and management linking to businesses.
Penelope Heith, a sophomore, is interested in working on her presentation and management skills, which are some reasons as to why she joined DECA.
“I joined this club to work on my public speaking skills, which will help me with my future desire as a leader,” Heith said. “We usually are divided into groups to market products, and I wish to one day lead the group with my great ideas on the skills necessary for selling different products.”
DECA does not only consist of students interested in pursuing a career in business in the future. The experiences mastered in DECA appeal to any career path.
Competitions are also another crucial element of DECA if the students are interested in participating. The competitions provide a platform for social networking by assembling students from different schools and ages and putting their business capabilities to test.
“Our upcoming competition is in mid-January: DECA’s Silicon Valley Career Development Conference,” Sun said.
The DECA community spends the majority of their time together working to improve their business abilities for intense competitions. The club meetings take place on Wednesdays both during lunch and after school, whereas most other clubs only have a few meetings throughout each month.
“In the workshops, we prepare for written and roleplay events, and the students are put in groups. Each group has 1 to 2 student mentors who guide the students in the group and give them advice on their events,” said Leo Shohet, a sophomore.
Students work very hard to produce satisfactory materials; the club places a lot of dedication and emphasis on their final products.