It’s finally here Florida DECA, that time of the year that gets you in the spirit! The holiday season is amongst us, and we all know what that means; ICDC is only a few months away! For those of you who don't know what ICDC is, it's DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC), the highlight of the DECA year. Fourteen thousand high school students, advisors, businesspersons and alumni gather for several days of DECA excitement. Most participants at ICDC compete in one of DECA's competitive events. The top competitors in each event are recognized for their outstanding achievements. In addition to the competitive events, many students and advisors participate in a variety of leadership and career advancing academies.
"I know a place, where the grass is really greener! Warm, wet and wild, there must be something in the water!" Obviously by this time, you know this year’s ICDC will be in Anaheim, California. But with that, we cannot forget what it takes to get there. In the next few weeks, districts in the state will be holding testing and competition for district level, the first step to making it to Anaheim. Make sure that you come ready with the ultimate goal in mind, of making it to the pinnacle of DECA competition! After you place at your district level, get ready for states, held yet again at the Downtown Disney Hilton, in Orlando, Florida! There, you'll be competing with the best in the state, seeing who's got what it takes to take first in the many categories, such as automotive marketing, Travel & Tourism, or even in Principals of Finance! As your name is called to receive your first place award for your category, get ready to not only get that Florida shaped glass trophy, but to prepare yourself, as you will be among Florida's finest, representing your state, your school and yourself at ICDC!
This year, the Florida delegation has the Hilton Anaheim to call home, as we work hard, compete hard, and play harder! With the convention center directly across the street, and a block from the Disneyland Resort, the possibilities for fun are endless. So as your district level events begin, sit down and think what the ultimate goal is, ICDC in Anaheim, California! And remember that hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard, and sometimes with a little luck and hard work, you could be the best, even the best in the world this year at the 67th International Career Development Conference!
Go check out the official Facebook page of this year’s ICDC here!
Maybe even watch the official video here!
- Tom Moyer, Florida DECA State Vice President