DECA is an international business organization for high school students, and it has been a important part of my high school career. DECA trains high school students in areas such as marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. There are over 200,000 members from 3,500 schools in DECA, and more than 6,000 students in California.
In my freshman year, I joined DECA and it has been an extremely rewarding experience. Not only have I met amazing people, I’ve also been able to practice presentation, communication, business, and leadership skills.
In many ways, DECA was my second family. Inspired by the community of driven students, I pushed myself to learn as much as possible. In my sophomore year, I was affected by the “career technical education” requirement and, as a result, took a break from the organization for a year because I was unable to join. Nevertheless, when I came back to DECA in my junior year, I chose to take on a larger role in the organization for it has given me so much. Whether through organizing leadership conferences or encouraging parents to judge, I hope to improve the organization I’ve become a part of.
At Silicon Valley DECA, a top performing district in California covering over 2000 students, I helped assist the introduction of CTE courses, organize overnight district conferences, and connect DECA with the community—bridging the gap between DECA, school education, and the real world— as the VP of Civic Consciousness.
One commitment I’m extremely excited about is the CA DECA Parent and Student Alliance which I helped found to better connect parents with the DECA community. At DECA, parents are integral part of the work we do. Without them, nothing would be possible. Whether it be reaching reaching out to parents to inform them of DECA or starting new chapters, I’m extremely excited to serve as the President of the newly formed alliance.
Post high school, I still volunteer my time working at DECA conferences in managing events and general conference logistics. I worked closely with the SV President in 2017 at SVCDC in general conference logistics and duties. I also worked with the Executive Director and Directors of CADECA in 2017 at SVCDC in general conference logistics and managing events.
Awards and Honors
I’ve also competed at the district, state, and international level:
- International Career Development Conference (April 2016)
- California Career Development Conference Restaurant and Food Service Management 3rd place (March 2016)
- Silicon Valley Career Development Conference Financial Consulting 3rd place (January 2017)
- Silicon Valley Career Development Conference Restaurant and Food Service Management 3rd place (January 2016)
- Silicon Valley Career Development Conference Principles of Hospitality and Tourism 2nd place (January 2014)