DECA club begins year at high school

DECA students from Forest Lake High School attended district elections in October. Front row from left: Chevelle Palomino, Laura Fagin, Kennedy Crever, Monica Nguyen, Dana Larson, Alisha Casey. Back row: Anna Wavrin, Allison Simon, Carly Drobnick, Doug Mihelich, Lilia Theisen, Sofia Rappa, Gabe Starr, Jocelyn Lourey.

DECA, an international association of marketing students (formerly the Distributive Education Clubs of America), is active at FLHS.

Junior Doug Mihelich ran for DECA District 4 officer in early October.  Although he was not elected, his advertising campaign, based on the theme “DECA unleashes your superpowers,” was notable. The Mihelich campaign booth offered Clark Kent glasses for everyone who visited, plus a photo opportunity to look like a superhero. He delivered his speech to a large audience of students and advisors with poise and confidence, according to other Forest Lake DECA chapter members.

At the DECA Fall Leadership Conference, Oct. 27 and 28 at the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis, Forest Lake students spent two days in workshops chosen to match their career interests. They also enjoyed a college fair, professional speakers, an entertaining session with a hypnotist after workshops and several chances to network with students from other schools.

In November, DECA students will attend an interactive seminar with Timberwolves and Lynx senior management to learn about career paths in sports management and marketing.

DECA students will also visit the Minnesota School of Business to practice for the district competitive events taking place in January, in hopes they will advance to state and possibly nationals in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fall conference attendees were Lilia Theisen, Sonja Nord, Kennedy Crever, Monica Nguyen, Carly Drobnick, Dana Larson and Shelby Vukich.

Fall conference attendees were Lilia Theisen, Sonja Nord, Kennedy Crever, Monica Nguyen, Carly Drobnick, Dana Larson and Shelby Vukich.

 

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