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March 25, 2014 > Student club means business

Student club means business

Submitted By Moksh Jawa

DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) is an association of over 180,000 high school and college students from around the world that focuses on manifesting and improving skills in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. Throughout the year, DECA hosts several competitive events, and members perform many hours of community service, always seeking to develop and strengthen their leadership skills.

DECA held the Northern California CDC (NorCal) competition at the San Ramon Marriott, where 1,500 students from dozens of schools came to compete over a period of three days. This experience, in addition to strengthening their skills and testing their knowledge of business-related topics, encouraged students to be independent and provided the perfect platform for them to learn and have fun simultaneously.

DECA competitions consist of three parts: role-plays, a multiple-choice exam, and a written event. Role-plays are one-on-one situations where the competitor is presented with a prompt based on a selected topic. Students are judged based on confidence, knowledge of material, and skill in relaying information. The multiple-choice exam consists of one hundred questions and tests the studentÕs knowledge of a selected topic. Finally, in the written event, competitors create and demonstrate a presentation as if they are representatives of a business who have developed a business plan.

Moksh Jawa, a freshman from Washington High School in Fremont, was awarded first prize for his ÔNo StoppinÕ business plan and presentation in the ÒEntrepreneurship - Growing Your Own BusinessÓ category.

Arnav Mathur, another DECA participant from Washington High School said, ÒDECA was an amazing experience that taught me a lot about how the real business world works and I am sure that it will help me a lot in the future.Ó

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