San Jose, California – Valley Christian High School DECA was among 324 chapters that achieved THRIVE level recognition this year and will be commended at DECA's International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held virtually April 19-23.
Each fall, DECA offers four campaigns for chapters to complete as part of their program of leadership for the year. These campaigns are designed to grow membership engagement and build lasting partnerships within the school and local community. Chapters that achieve THRIVE level receive a commemorative pennant, flag, and plaque. The chapters also have an opportunity to participate in ICDC. In order to receive THRIVE level recognition, the chapter completed two out of three chapter campaigns including the Global Entrepreneurship Week campaign, promotional campaign and community service campaign. Alternatively, the chapter could have participated in the membership campaign which challenged the chapter to attain two of three goals: recruit 20 professional members, recruit 20 alumni members, or increase student membership by 20 more members from the previous school year.
The Valley Christian High School DECA members who contributed to the THRIVE recognition were Athena Nguyen, Siyona Roychoudhury, Vaishali Nair, and Jeremy Elvander, with the assistance of their advisors, Dave Klenske and Sabrina Lin.
Valley Christian High School DECA participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Week Chapter Campaign as well as the Community Service Campaign. Students who were a part of Valley Christian's DECA chapter became innovative with their time and accepted the challenge to create a sustainable solution to help reverse the effect of global warming. In addition, the officers interviewed local entrepreneurs to hear their success stories. The team learned about the highs and lows of creating businesses varying from products, apps, and the food industry. Finally, the chapter had three outreach activities: a unifying DECA Wednesday with matching t-shirts, participation in DECA Month, and a full mock conference! While this was all happening virtually due to Covid-19, the students wrote to healthcare workers to show their appreciation for their efforts.
Chapter advisor, Dave Klenske, praised the students, "Our DECA team continues to strive for excellence, despite the challenges of distance learning. They exhibit the compassion and entrepreneurial initiatives we emphasize daily at VCS."
About DECA Inc.
DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs who are interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. DECA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with more than 225,000 members in 4,000 high school and college chapters in all 50 United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany.
For more information about DECA, visit http://www.deca.org.