Timothy Christian High School DECA has experienced success this year in only its second year of existence. Each year the chapter reaches new levels and continues to grow. The DECA Chapter participated this year in a leadership conference, sports and entertainment marketing, regional competition, and state competition. In addition, Timothy Christian was recognized as a Superstar Chapter at the IL State Career Development Conference. A chapter is recognized for this if the membership of the chapter has increased by at least 10%. Timothy Christian High School DECA Chapter experienced growth of 64% this year in membership.
For competition this year, Timothy Christian had ten students compete at the regional level in January and seven of those ten qualified for State Competition by placing in the Top 10 of their event or by having a written event that competes only at the State and National Level.
At the IL DECA State Career Development Conference on March 9-11, there were 1500 students competing from across the state. Noah Marrera received Top 10 for his Advertising Campaign setting a new standard for Timothy Christian as he is our first student to place in the Top 10. All students received a competency in their event which means they received a 70% or higher in one or more areas in their event.
The students competed in a variety of areas. Each area requires that the student take an economics test, a marketing test, and perform two role-play scenarios. The students receive the scenario the day of competition and have a short amount of time to prepare before presenting to the judge.
Besides the role-play events, Timothy had several students choose to compete in a written event. This requires that the student prepare a paper from 11 to 30 pages depending on the event and submit prior to State. At State, the students take a marketing test and then present their advertising campaign to the judge. These three items then are ranked to determine final ranking in the event.
Listed below are the students that competed and the events. Though our DECA Competition season has ended for this year, students are excited for next year’s season and are already setting goals.
Joel Daniels, Trent Marrera – Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team, Advertising Campaign
Noah Marrera – Retail Merchandising, Advertising Campaign
Taylor Ryan, Eliana Sarver – Marketing Management Team, Advertising Campaign
CaraAnn Demonbreun – Retail Merchandising
Joey Snella – Marketing Communications
If you would like to learn more about DECA, visit www.deca.org and/or contact Mrs. Kendra Lee, Business Education Instructor and DECA Advisor (email@example.com).