Twenty-eight DECA students from Somerset High School (SHS) and three chaperones started their journey to the annual DECA International Career and Development Conference (ICDC) in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 25th. Upon arriving Tuesday in Los Angeles, the students spent the day at Disneyland and California Adventure. On Wednesday the students went on a tour of Los Angeles which included the Staples Center, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Venus Beach. On Wednesday evening, DECA had two opening sessions where over 19,000 DECA members, advisors, and chaperones were in attendance. During these sessions, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising presented a fashion show and the group Echo Smith performed their latest hits. On Thursday the students either registered their written manuals or completed testing and received their role play times for Friday. The students who attended the conference had qualified to attend the ICDC Conference by placing in the top three in their marketing event at the DECA State Conference in March. On Friday, all Somerset High School students completed role plays and presentations with judges over the course of the day. Friday evening the students visited Downtown Disney.
On Saturday, April 29th, students attended three awards sessions. There were eleven SHS DECA students who received an Award of Excellence in recognition of achieving all standards of performance at the DECA International Career and Development Conference in their event: Tucker Powers, Emily Vaught, Madison Cornett, Natalie Kelley, Omar Ortiz, Jade Grabeel, Amin Katanbaf, Sufia Ahmed, Will Powers, Sarah Davis, and Maryanna Meadows. On Saturday afternoon the students also visited Huntington Beach and the Outlets of Orange.
The students arrived back home on Sunday, April 30th with a wealth of new experiences and knowledge of marketing. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business, and promote competition. Debbie Harris is the Somerset High School DECA sponsor.