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DECA trip brings skills to life

Rowan Mitchell

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   DECA took a trip to Silver Dollar city in Branson, Missouri for their first school business trip on Sept. 20. While there, students attended a 45 minute seminar to learn about different business aspects in the park.
   “One purpose of DECA is to promote marketing/business skills and topics, so at Career Day students receive real-world information about the theme park industry. They learn everything from the importance of social media marketing and customer service to product development of new items at the park,” DECA sponsor Adina Boatright said.
   Expeditions like this provide more opportunities to learn different marketing skills and other business related abilities. Through these events a member will learn how to dress appropriately in any professional setting.
   “I encourage students to go to our Northwest Arkansas Fall Leadership Conference, which is coming up soon. They will dress professionally, hear a keynote speaker, learn about DECA competition, and go to breakout sessions & seminars about various college, career, and & business topics. I also encourage students to give competition a try. They can win awards and if they place high enough they can attend nationals in Atlanta to compete with the best of the best,” Boatright said.
   Numerous students expressed their own gratitude toward DECA and elaborated what the club has done for them.
   “DECA has shaped me into a better person,  and I know that without I would not be as determined or ready for the real world, and I think that all of our members would say the same,” DECA President, Persephone Himes said.
   Fellow club member Hunter Vinson also agrees that DECA has changed her outlook on her future.

   “DECA has really just pushed me to do things I didn’t think I would do. It’s pushing me to go to college, focus on my career and it’s pushing me to my goal. I do not regret joining. I actually wished I joined in my sophomore year instead of my senior year,” Vinson said.
   Club members state that their personalities changed and now allow them to get along better in certain situations.
   “I’ve gotten a lot out of DECA, professionally mostly. DECA has taught me how to act in businesses, how to dress professionally, and above all be respectful even when you yourself do not agree with whatever is going,” Vinson said.

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