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DECA Will “Aspire Higher” at District Competition

Future business leaders from high schools across Mississippi attended the DECA District 2 Competition held at Holmes Community College, Grenada Campus, Friday January 13, 2012.  Hosted by Grenada High School, the event served as a qualifying round for the State DECA competition scheduled for February 15 – 18, 2012, in Jackson, Mississippi.

DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America.  The club is considered as an association of business and marketing students.  To qualify for membership in DECA, sophomore, junior, or senior students must be currently enrolled in business, marketing, or co-op classes and agree to complete a community service activity every nine weeks.  The current GHS DECA club has supported projects such as the Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes, Food Pantry, and St. Nicholas Treasure Chest.

Grenada High School boasts 80 DECA members this year.  Two of its senior members are currently serving in DECA District and State positions.  Blaire Allbritton is serving as DECA District 2 Vice-President, while Anna Heimbach serves as State Secretary.  Their positions are the reason that GHS was given the honor of hosting the competition again this year.

District 2 DECA groups participating in the event included, Carl Keen Vocational Center, Center Hill High School, Cleveland Vocational Complex, Grenada Career and Technical Center, Hernando High School, Lake Cormorant High, Larry Summers Vocational Technical Center , Olive Branch High School, Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology, and South Panola High School. 

During the event, students competed in individual tests and role play in different categories such as Accounting Applications, Apparel and Accessories, Automotive Services, Business Services Marketing, Restaurant and Food Services, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism, and Sports and Entertainment to name a few.   Team events included Business Law and Ethics, Buying and Merchandising, Hospitality Services,   Travel and Tourism, etc.  Students placing in the top 3 in each category qualified for State DECA competition. 

Guest speakers at the competition were Jim Haffery, Holmes Community College; Cliff Craven, Grenada Career and Technical Center; Kaytan Mills, Collegiate DECA Officer; and Charlotte Bryant, DECA State Coordinator.  GHS Visions Show Choir entertained students during their lunch break. 

The Grenada DECA chapter would like to thank all of the community members who  helped organize this event.  They would also like to thank the former students, teachers, and local business owners who donated their time to serve as judges during the competition.  Without your assistance, the event would not have reached completion. 

Other GHS students making headlines include the senior level economics classes of Guy and Elizabeth Landingham.  These students recently took an online test of economic literacy that will be used to set the 2012 national norming standards for the National Economics Council and the new economic curriculum.  Individual results of this test are confidential but will be used to set baseline standards of performance for all economics students in the nation.  The new standards for performance set from the test will be published nationally with a note of thanks to all schools and classes that participated.  The test consisted of 45 questions and covered both microeconomic and macroeconomic standards.  Students will retest in May, so that educators and council members can see how much the students have progressed over the semester long course.
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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor