DECA Lives on for Years to Come


Kelly Fee, Reporter

Founded in 1946, Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, according to AZ Dept of Ed. Furthermore, DECA prepares upcoming leaders in finance, marketing, hospitality and management in high schools as well as colleges worldwide.

“My DECA experience was great; I learned so many things and had a lot of opportunities,” said sophomore Greg Melodia who recently attended a DECA conference.

In addition, the event puts students on a platform, encouraging them to speak up about leadership and what it means to them. The students then devised their Program of Work, an outline of activities and community service projects they hope to accomplish throughout the year.

“[DECA is] definitely something they should continue to do throughout the years,” said chaperone Lori Grey. “I think it was a really good experience for the kids; they learned a lot.”

DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by assigning co-curricular programs that mesh into classroom instruction. They apply learning skills in the form of connecting to business and community as well as promoting competition.
“It’s really helpful in learning how to adapt to situations because the competition taught me [how] to kinda roll with the punches, which is useful,” asserted junior Adi Beckman.

With DECA’s programs and activities constantly evolving, it’s no wonder students come back every year. “I would definitely go again because it has taught me a lot and really helped me this year,” added Melodia.