By Delaney Dilzer
With hard work and a collaborative effort of the team, on February 26th, the GHCHS DECA team has swept multiple awards, allowing the team to progress forward to Nationals.
As a whole, GHCHS Deca received top gold level recognition for the team’s acitivities and competition for this year. In addition, five teams of the GHCHS Stock Market qualified for nationals and received plaques.
In the year of 2013, Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) began their very own Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) team. The team follows the DECA mission statement in creating “emerging leaders and entrepreneurships for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.”
DECA involves competitions and conferences about different subjects centered around business. By participating in DECA, students are able to develop skills such as team building, innovation, and creativity. Competitors can choose to compete in a team or individually.
There are three parts to a conference: a presentation, role-play, and a 100-question written exam. For the presentation, the competitors are assigned a topic to talk about, such as financial operations, sports and entertainment, and entrepreneurship. For the role-play, each competitor is given a business-related event that he or she will participate in and then present in front of a panel of judges.
Along with receiving awards for the Academic team overall, many students also received recognition during the competition.
Junior Nathon Chung was top 8 in the overall Principals of Hospitality and Entertainment. In addition, the team consisting of seniors Rebecca Hwang and Alexa Meyers were top 8 in the Financial Literacy Promotion Plan event. As a team, sophomores Richard Hovsepyan and Debra Kede and senior Brittney Alfaro placed top 8 in Entrepreneurship Plan event.
With only 2 years of activity, DECA has accomplished many things and has so much to be proud of. For instance, junior Owen Setiadi is the California Champion in Accounting Applications and has qualified for a naitonal competition in Orlando at the end of April. The team is continuing to train and practice for the upcoming competition, and the school will also continue to cheer them on for all future events to come.