Northside and Southside High School DECA members participated in the State Career Development Conference held in Springdale, AR on March 10-11. A national association for marketing students, DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges by holding various conferences/competitions throughout each school year. The DECA competition is comprised of four categories - marketing, finance, hospitality and management, and 13 FSPS students placed in their respective categories. They are listed below:
Shadow O'Hare (SHS) - 1st Place (National Qualifier), Restaurant Food Service Management
Jamie Cecil (SHS) - 2nd Place (National Qualifier), Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
Noeal Walker (NHS) - 2nd Place (National Qualifier), Community Service Project
Catelyn Sterling (SHS) - 3rd Place (National Qualifier), Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Alize Boatright, Roslyn Burton, and Vicki Chareundy (NHS) - 3rd Place (National Qualifiers), Financial Literacy Project
Daylee Gilyard (SHS) - 4th Place, Professional Selling Event
Dylon Scheele (SHS) - 4th Place, Food Marketing Series
Kathryn Sturgill (NHS) - 4th Place, Hotel and Lodging Management
Jonathan Lack (SHS) - 5th Place, Business Finance Series
Atiel Burnett (SHS) - 6th Place, Principles of Marketing
Philip McLaughlin (SHS) - 6th Place, Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Both FSPS DECA chapters were also recognized at the state conference. Northside's school-based enterprise (SBE), Grizzly Gear, received Gold Recertification that qualifies them to send a team of three student managers and one advisor to the annual International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Atlanta Georgia in May 2014. To earn Gold Level Certification, DECA requires the students to develop a portfolio including details about ten areas of operation for the school-based enterprise. The ten areas include: Financial Analysis, Operations, Marketing Information Management, Market Planning, Product/Service Management, Pricing, Distribution/Channel Management, Promotion, Selling, and Human Resources Management. Northside was also recognized for qualifying for the Thrive Academy that gained the team three more slots at ICDC, and for achieving in the 2014 DECA Advocacy Campaign.
Southside reached the Silver Level in the Arkansas DECA "Make It Count" campaign by participating in the Community Service Campaign. The organization has national campaigns for chapters to participate in every year. Southside submitted their partnership with the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) and collected coke tabs for RMH to recycle for cash. Southside also collected different items like office supplies or food for RHM each month. To achieve Silver status, the chapter had to participate in several categories, including: campaigns, article submission to the DECA state newsletter, attending the Fall Leadership Conference and State Career Development Conference, and participating in DECA week.