Business Lovers are Basketball Lovers Too
Living in Gainesville provides our chapter with some pretty unique opportunities. One of the coolest things we’ve done this year was the first annual DECA Night with the Florida Gators. On January 15th Buchholz and Gainesville High DECA were given the opportunity to attend the University of Florida Men’s Basketball game against SEC opponent Auburn. Tickets were sold for only seven dollars and students were invited to bring family and friends who could also purchase tickets at that seven dollar rate.
When Michelle Wagner of the University of Florida Athletic Association first reached out to us about this event we were overjoyed. My officer team and I had spent quite a long time brainstorming engaging or interesting events that would promote DECA to the Gainesville community while providing our chapter the chance to bond with other chapters in the area. DECA Night with the Florida Gators provided us with the perfect opportunity to do just that!
On the night of the game, the O’Connell Center was overflowing with people all gathered to cheer on the Gators. We, as members of Buchholz and Gainesville High School DECA, had the opportunity to be a part of this energetic environment. The University of Florida reserved a block of seats specifically for us, VIP treatment if you ask me.
Students from both high schools along with family and friends sat together and watched the game. It was truly great to see our members enjoying themselves. It is important to remember that your chapter is not solely about competitions or conferences. DECA offers students an outlet to connect with those of similar interests, like business. But we, DECA members, are not just business lovers, we are basketball lovers too.
Buchholz High School
What is your favorite DECA event/memory so far this year?
DECA at Miramar high has always been more than club to us and out of all the trips we been on with DECA from the Miami heat field trip to the Miami dolphins field trip ,but overall our most favorite event was the emerging leaders’ summit on October 29 -31 2014. From when we first heard about this trip, to be excited was an understatement. Getting the opportunity to interact with other DECA members from all over Florida. From Stoneman Douglas, to South Plantation, Cooper City, to even Monarch High school. Seeing and conversing with all these DECA members from all over Florida makes us realize we’re not the only chapter with a strive, a dedication, and a passion for DECA. Not to mention the wonderful events that transpired from the leadership workshops. With all the knowledge we obtained from the workshops we got the chance to bring it back to our DECA chapter and enlightened them with our vast knowledge. To the astounding lip sync contest where we really got to show off our passion for entertaining our DECA members. From the unique and peculiar costume contest where people got to show off their DECA spirit (DECA dork, DECA twin, Miscellaneous, etc.).Although all those events were amazing the overall benefit of being at ELS (Emerging Leaders’ Summit), and engaged with other DECA chapters was both breathtaking and bittersweet, because we had to pack up and go back home.
January Chapter Chatter
Miramar High School DECA
By: Mia Daniels; Four year member; Vice President.
How does your chapter recruit new members?
The way Miramar High School recruits new members is by going to each classroom and explain what DECA is and what DECA is about .We also hold big events in school known as “club rush’ and “’New Student orientation”’ where all of the underclassmen come inside of our school gym and we let them get an experience of what DECA’s about and what we try to achieve. And the great benefits that comes with being in DECA like the “Gold seal scholarship’’ which they can receive by being in DECA for 3 years and the great experiences that come with being in DECA from multiple college visits like Keiser University and ASA College to the wonderful, breathtaking, and exciting trips like the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Heat where you learn what it takes to get those multi-billion dollar companies to run and what it came from. We also help students who want an industry certification cord at graduation by taking one of the four classes; Marketing Essentials, Marketing Applications, Marketing Management, and Marketing Directed Studies. Not to mention in order to make the students get really hooked we get officers and members from past years to come and speak with the students.
January Chapter Chatter
Bartram Trail High School DECA
By: Mikayla Oko; Four year member; secretary.
How does your chapter recruit new members?
Bartram Trail DECA runs through Bartram Trail High School’s VyStar Academy of business and finance. The BT chapter has always relied on the academy for member recruitment. We relied on the academy teachers encouraging students to join, and hoped word of mouth would work in our favor. This all changed this year though. Bartram Trail DECA has experienced a whole new approach to recruitment process since this year’s officer elections.
Our vice president, Dorthea West, and I made extensive efforts to increase our membership this year. Between the two of us, we spoke to almost every VyStar class about DECA and our past experiences with the club. We emphasized how well DECA builds a resume and the experience it provides. Our president, Landon Hughes, and I also spoke at a presentation that was for VyStar Academy for parents. We told them about the opportunities DECA would provide their children with if they chose to join. Bartram Tail has never had a considerably large DECA chapter, usually around sixty members, but our goal as officers was to change this. Through our efforts, we succeeded by acquiring one-hundred and seventy-nine members. We have broken Bartram Trail DECA’s membership record which will help set the chapter up for future success and growth. All of our chapter’s officers this year are seniors, but our large membership this year will provide a strong enough pool of people to continue with motivated officers in the future.
At South Plantation DECA, preparing for competition is our key to success. Our eyes open as our alarms all go off at in unison at about 6:20 AM and we push through those first few minutes of morning grogginess. We make our way to school as many of us cram a last minute practice in our rearview mirror (at red lights of course) and finally arrive to see our two DECA advisors Mr. Holt and Mr. Marino with their contagious energetic and enthusiastic attitude. After taking a seat, we are all assigned random partners to which we present our business proposal. Mr. Holt, knowing us all very well, never pairs us with someone that we are comfortable with. Many of us disagree with this rationale at the moment, but later thank him for reflecting future competition. From 7:15 AM to the first morning bell at 8:00 AM, we present and critique each other to ensure perfection when competition comes. Although it may sound like a tedious process, it becomes a part of our life that we learn to enjoy and appreciate at South Plantation High. We also have South Plantation DECA alumni return with their real world business experience and help us through practice and give us information that can only be found outside of the classroom. Overall, South Plantation DECA has seen laughter, tears, smiles, and frowns in the workplace, all of which represent our growth as a chapter and as one big happy DECA family.