California DECA January Newsletter Message From the President DECA season is in full swing, and the state officer team is incredibly proud of all the hard work and energy from the chapters at district conferences. The biggest focuses for the coming weeks are relentlessly fighting for more support and funding with CTE advocacy month and […]Read More
DECA season is in full swing, and the state officer team is incredibly proud of all the hard work and energy from the chapters at district conferences. The biggest focuses for the coming weeks are relentlessly fighting for more support and funding with CTE advocacy month and preparing for the biggest event of the year, the 2018 SCDC in Anaheim, California!
Amador Valley DECA takes pride in hosting a mini-conference for its members every year in order to better prepare them for competition and future careers. This year, the chapter’s mini-conference took place on January 23 from 3:30 to 9 PM and boasted nearly 90 attendees from nearby Foothill, Dougherty Valley, and Castro Valley High Schools.
The mini-conference was geared towards the Amador Valley Business Academy members, or non-competing students not enrolled in CTE courses, as well as younger DECA members to give them the competitive edge at future conferences. These competitors participated in either Principles of Marketing, Quick Serve Restaurant Management, or Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making and attended an instructional workshop hosted by DECA officers Rida Lasne, Mihir Weling, Rithvik Sunku, and Won Bin Lee. The competition simulated the experience of a true DECA conference by having experienced DECA members serve as judges.
After competition, the conference attendees feasted on a sandwich dinner and listened to a keynote delivered by the state president, David Xu. Then, during the awards ceremony, the best competitors were recognized for their achievements in testing and presentation as well as their overall performance. The Top 8 finalists received certificates of achievement, and the Top 3 performers were awarded with small glass plaques. The 2018 AV MiniCon was a huge success, and Amador Valley DECA hopes to continues its successful and engaging tradition of mini-conferences to inspire students to become future business leaders.
Dougherty Valley DECA was among the largest chapters at the 2018 Northern California Career Development Conference, with 79 competitors, and its formidable size was matched by its competitive success. DVHS DECA members’ names were called 79 times during awards, with 29 members placing Top 8 in their events and 23 placing Top 3. Almost every chapter member was called up to stage at least once, making this conference Dougherty Valley’s most successful NorCal CDC by far.
Officers and members attribute this success to the new online competition prep system established this year. Online resources and homework assignments greatly helped members study for their events independently, and this allowed officers to focus on honing members’ speaking skills during after-school meetings. DVHS DECA Vice President of Competitions, Ivy Lin, commented, “I’m really glad that our members have found the new online resources useful; we’ll definitely continue using them in the future. Also, a big shoutout to all the competitive events officers who came up with and implemented this new system!”
California DECA officially began the 2018 competition season with the Silicon Valley CDC (January 5-7) and the Northern and Southern California CDCs (January 12-14). Over 1,900 members attended the conferences for a weekend of networking, competitive events, and unforgettable memories. Silicon Valley Career Development Conference This year’s SVCDC brought excitement and stress and everything in […]Read More
California DECA officially began the 2018 competition season with the Silicon Valley CDC (January 5-7) and the Northern and Southern California CDCs (January 12-14). Over 1,900 members attended the conferences for a weekend of networking, competitive events, and unforgettable memories.
Silicon Valley Career Development Conference
This year’s SVCDC brought excitement and stress and everything in between. Members from across the region came together to compete, make memories, and share their love for Silicon Valley DECA.
On the first day, members enjoyed the memorable Opening Session, listening to creative songs and poems and watching the state officers get pied by the SV Factor Talent Show winner. Saturday’s competition went smoothly – all events were not only on time, but were even ahead of schedule. While many competitors felt the rush of adrenaline before presenting, both the alumni and judges were impressed that no one arrive late to his or her event.
At Sunday’s Award Session, members cheered at the top of their lungs for each person called on stage. All of the Silicon Valley chapters – Monta Vista, Mission San Jose, Harker, Valley Christian, Lynbrook, Gunn, BASIS Independent, Milpitas, and Carlmont – were represented during Grand Awards. In addition, the Vice President of Silicon Valley-elect, Enya Lu, was announced that morning. Regardless of results, members walked out of the hotel as better leaders, competitors, and networkers ready to continue learning and growing.
Silicon Valley DECA is ready to sweep at SCDC!
Southern California Career Development Conference
#SoCalCDC 2018 kicked off to an epic start with the annual SoCal Talent Show on Friday night, featuring live performances from all across Southern California. Members cheered on the contestants with the energy lasting through the night. Hyped up for a #Limitless weekend of competition, networking, and workshops, SoCal members went into their competitive events Saturday confident to take home that #CAGold.
Following a packed day of events, exams, and exciting workshops, members had the chance to relax with chapter dinners and trips to Downtown Disney, the site of ICDC 2017. Walking back with Mickey ears and gloves, the SoCal Social lit up the night with a DECA Trivia Kahoot, Minute to Win It challenges, Wii stations, board games, and a photo booth for members to connect with other emerging leaders from Southern California. Finally, members experienced an amazing awards session Sunday morning, recognizing the top performers in each event, and the announcement of the next SoCal VP, John “Duke” O’Callahan.
With a #Limitless weekend behind us, now it’s time to start prepping for SCDC, the next stepping stone to ICDC!
Northern California Career Development Conference
The 2018 Northern California Career Development Conference was packed with fun activities that was enjoyed by over 900 members across the district! Chapters arrived early Friday afternoon to ace their cluster exams after dedicating hours to studying. Then, at Opening Session, members got pumped for the start of the #Limitless competition season and cheered during NorCal’s Got Talent where they witnessed some of the best talents across the region.
On Saturday, members competed in their events, filling the conference with high energy as people prepared to present their innovative ideas. At night, members’ hard work was rewarded with an epic DECA Dance and DECA Game Room, and chapters competed in the Dance vs. Game Room social media challenge by posting pictures with the hashtags: #DECADanceOff and #DECAGameOn.
Finally, on Sunday morning, top competitors were recognized for all their hard work! The NorCal District Action Team was also recognized for their dedication in helping plan and run the NorCal conference, and after a long wait, the VP-Elect of Norcal, Ananya Veeraragavan, was announced!
Congratulations to everyone who competed and stay #LIMITLESS for states!
Message From the President With regionals right around the corner, the state officer team worked to put the final touches on the conferences in January. The DECA season is just about to begin, and now it is time for the countless hours of training and hard work to pay off at District CDCs. Your state […]Read More
With regionals right around the corner, the state officer team worked to put the final touches on the conferences in January. The DECA season is just about to begin, and now it is time for the countless hours of training and hard work to pay off at District CDCs. Your state officers are extremely excited to see the results of all the planning and meet all of the members.
Amador Valley DECA hosted a variety of events to help prepare its members for the Northern California Career Development Conference. In addition to attending MiniCons, the chapter organized weekly competition workshops at the Pleasanton Public Library for members to practice their presentations and hear from experienced competitors.
Even during Winter Break, chapter members continued preparing for their events. AV DECA partnered with a startup, Market Games, to host an entrepreneurship simulator for students competing in entrepreneurship events. Members also had the opportunity to schedule lunch meetings with any of the chapter officers for personalized advice on their presentations.
With countless hours spent preparing and studying, AV DECA hopes to have a good competitive performance at #NorCalCDC!