The 2013-2014 DECA Officers met on May 31 at the Grayson County Technology Center for Leadership Day to prepare for the upcoming year by setting goals, discussing roles of the officers, and planning events for chapter projects. In keeping with this year’s national theme, “Make It Count,” DECA members will be involved in activities that can showcase their marketing and entrepreneurial abilities, improve their public speaking skills, and help our community through an array of community-oriented service projects. Members will “Make It County” as they watch their personal growth evolve and make them better prepared for college and a career.
DECA’s program of work for the upcoming year includes visiting MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) summer camp at Camp Courageous in Scottsville, KY. This week-long residential complete medical facility provides a fun and safe atmosphere which provides special needs campers who have the most serious medical conditions with the chance to participate in swimming, bowling, art/crafts, cooking, fishing, or take center stage in a talent show. This amazing facility is available FREE OF CHARGE as it relies on donations to fund its operations.
We look forward to participating in the Freedom Festival on July 20 where patrons can purchase barbeque sandwiches, chips, drinks, and brownies. Our annual Bake Sale/Car Wash is August 31 at Wal-Mart from 8a -2p with all proceeds going to MDA. This year’s Christmas Bazaar is December 7 from 8-2 at the Centre on Main, with proceeds going to the Michala Riggle Autism Foundation in order to help build a world-class research facility in Louisville, KY!! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Another annual fun event will include DECA and other Career and Technical Student Organizations to promote reading in the county through the Unite to Read program at our elementary schools. The tentative date for that event is October 3, 3013 at Lawler Elementary.
Something new this year we are very excited about is providing the DECA experience to middle school students. Ms. Ashley Johnson will be leading our GCMS DECA chapter. Working closely with her on this project is our GCHS DECA President, Ashton Filburn. During Ms. Johnson’s Super Friday classes, students can learn about marketing concepts and participate in hands-on DECA projects to begin learning how they can “Make It Count” for their school, community, and themselves.
DECA Officers are Ashton Filburn, President; Rachael Downs, Vice President; Kenadie Minton, Vice President of Membership; Alexis Schmidt, Vice President of Charitable Causes; Kelsey Embry, Vice President of Activities; Cody Swift, Vice President of Communications; Eric Liptak, Secretary; Jackson Henderson, Treasurer; Jessica Hughes, Reporter; Madison Wieland, Historian; and Advisors are Ms. Cynthia Smith, Mr. Gavin Logsdon, and Mr. Tony Embry.
Our officer action team is excited to get this year started and can’t wait to see the great outcome. We want to thank you for your participation with our events last year, and welcome you back this year. Our success starts with you and this is going to be a great year with the dedicated support of students and our community.
Any student in grades 9-12 currently enrolled in a marketing class is eligible and invited to join this high school student organization devoted to preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Also, we encourage the parents of the members to be a part of the DECA booster’s organization. The first boosters meeting for the 2013-14 school year will be August 13 at 5:00 p.m. in room #68 at the Grayson County Technology Center. For more information about DECA, please speak to any of our officers, or call Ms. Smith at 259-3195 or Mr. Gavin Logsdon or Mr. Tony Embry at 259-4078.