The California DECA December Press Kit Articles from the Chapters DVHS DECA Middle School Program: DVHS DECA BOOST Rithik Rajani, Dougherty Valley High School DECA This year, DVHS DECA decided to launch a middle school program called DVHS DECA BOOST. BOOST means Business Occupation Oriented Student Training. DVHS DECA BOOST President, Rithik Rajani, launched the program […]Read More
Rithik Rajani, Dougherty Valley High School DECA
This year, DVHS DECA decided to launch a middle school program called DVHS DECA BOOST. BOOST means Business Occupation Oriented Student Training. DVHS DECA BOOST President, Rithik Rajani, launched the program in October 2016. The program is meant as a high school DECA preparation program for students in 6th to 8th grade.
The program has two main elements: Weekly training sessions and monthly mini conferences. Students in the program go to Dougherty Valley High School every Wednesday for a training session on a new topic. Student instructors – mentors currently in DVHS DECA, create presentations and teaching materials in advance, and teach the students throughout the 1 hour session. Topics taught range from impromptu speaking skills to different types of businesses. The other element of the program, monthly mini conferences, help simulate the DECA environment and expose students to competition. Like a DECA conference, students are able to compete in a modified roleplay event in which the evaluation focuses on content and speaking skills. Awards are issued at the end of each conference based on who scored best on two cumulative roleplay scores.
Due to the huge interest in the program, a selective application process was used to determine who would gain admission into the program. Within its first year, the program had over 200 applicants from two different middle schools. Through the application process, the DVHS DECA BOOST team was able to narrow the program down to seventy five students. Essentially, due to the high interest of the program, DVHS DECA BOOST had around a thirty five percent acceptance rate within its first year!
This program truly helps build membership for future DVHS DECA members. Throughout the program, students will be able to solidify their interest in DECA and be more likely to take the required CTE courses in high school. The long term benefits of this program will allow for an increase in DVHS DECA members due to the interest built throughout the course of the program.
The DVHS DECA BOOST Program has created a new opportunity for middle schoolers and DVHS DECA. Middle schoolers are able to gain applicable skills ranging from business knowledge to speaking skills, while DVHS DECA is able to recruit new members and have a bigger impact on its community. DVHS DECA has been able to create volunteering opportunities through student instructors and make a presence within its two local middle schools. Ultimately, the program has been a huge success and had a wide range of benefits.
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Aislin Liu, Martin Luther King High School DECA
In the month of December, MLK DECA planned a calendar chock-full of events. Outside the Shop ‘til You Drop and the Holiday Fundraiser activities, were two socials – a Star Wars Movie Social on the 9th and the annual Holiday Social on the 17th. Both events received a massive turnout and were extremely well planned by the committees led by the Commissioner of Socials.
Additionally, the Vice President of Competition held two competition workshops on the 13th and the 21st to sharpen member’s competitive skills and allow for extra practice before the District Conference in January. Most notably, at the monthly chapter meeting, new members were sworn into the DECA organization and initiated as members of the MLK DECA chapter.
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Ananth Mahes, Washington High School DECA
With NorCal CDC less than two weeks away, both Washington High School DECA and Irvington DECA sought to get a head start. On December 18th, the schools hosted the third annual Mini-Conference. With over 60 new members in each chapter, it was a great introduction to their DECA experience. They started off by taking a 100 question Career Cluster Exam, followed by a roleplay presentation. Members also attended two workshops teaching them the essentials of a roleplay. The workshops were centered around different aspects of presentations and skills involved when presenting. By giving impromptu speeches on various topics, members gained hands on experience of a real DECA competition. The top three members from each event received medals for them to rejoice as they worked their way to NorCal CDC!
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Smitha Priya, Dougherty Valley High School DECA
DVHS DECA held its first Mini Conference on November 16th . Competitors from over 5 high schools were able to prepare for the district and state conference, while meeting new CA DECA members. Like a normal DECA conference, students were able to take a DECA exam and perform a roleplay to try and place in their respective events. The event was a huge success due to the huge turnout and entertaining workshops.
State officers Yash Desai and Lenexa Gonsalves also attended and held an educational session for all DECA members who attended. At the session, members were able to learn about introducing themselves to others and impromptu speaking. Together, the state officers held an effective session which entertained DECA members and taught them new skills.
Essentially, the conference allowed new members to gain new information about business while building their DECA competition skills. They were able to gain practice for the district, state, and ICDC conference through the workshop and simulated events. Click here to watch a video of the action.
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Aislin Liu, Martin Luther King High School DECA
This year on December 1st, continuing the tradition from past years, the MLK student store held a sale event similar to that of Black Friday. A variety of King gear was on sale for discounted prices. Additionally, neighborhood business owners were invited as vendors, setting up booths and selling their craftsmanship to King families.
DECA members worked at the event, thus experiencing what it is like to work in retail sales, ensuring clothes were folded well and organized in an easily understandable way. Furthermore, they helped answer customer questions, direct them to the register, and learned how to ring up customer’s purchases.
Additionally, each vendor donated items such as handbags, artwork, and premier honey to a Silent Auction fundraiser in which all proceeds would go to Loma Linda Cancer Center. Tickets could be purchased and thrown into the raffle for the various prizes. The fundraiser raised over $100 for the Loma Linda Cancer Center! MLK DECA solidifies the importance of giving back to the community.
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As the State Officer Team’s term in office draws to an end, California DECA Team 66 is completing the final touches on this year’s Annual Report. This report encapsulates all that the team has accomplished throughout the year, and allows for advisors to get a better look at what is going on throughout the association. Be sure to be on the lookout for the Annual Report coming to you soon!
The start of DECA competition season is almost upon us! California DECA Team 66 has been busily preparing for the three district conferences which will be attended by over 1,800 members and advisors from across the state. These conferences are the basis of California DECA and set a strong precedent for the year to come.
The 2017 California DECA District Career Development Conferences are right around the corner! Silicon Valley CDC will be held from January 6-8 in San Jose, while NorCal CDC and SoCal CDC will be held from January 13-15 in San Ramon and Anaheim, respectively. Here’s a preview of what you can expect at your district conference! […]Read More
The 2017 California DECA District Career Development Conferences are right around the corner! Silicon Valley CDC will be held from January 6-8 in San Jose, while NorCal CDC and SoCal CDC will be held from January 13-15 in San Ramon and Anaheim, respectively.
Here’s a preview of what you can expect at your district conference! First and foremost, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate their excellence in their competitive events. Although district conferences have no bearing on eligibility to attend State CDC, they are the perfect occasion to gain valuable and realistic feedback on presentations and reports, and make sure you succeed at State CDC and beyond. Channel your inner leader and networker and make new friends and kickstart your chapter into making its mark at the conference. Be sure to visit workshops for tips on competitive events and succeeding in the business world. Not to mention, enjoy the conference exploring with your closest friends and applying the knowledge you’ve learned.
All in all, we are set to Own Our Futures at our District CDCs! The California DECA State Officer cannot wait to see you!
We all know it happens. You forget to submit an assignment on time… A project you worked on does not pan out… You do not have as many members as you want sign up for a project… We all have failures in both our personal lives and in DECA. Yet, while these failures may bring us down, […]Read More
We all know it happens. You forget to submit an assignment on time… A project you worked on does not pan out… You do not have as many members as you want sign up for a project… We all have failures in both our personal lives and in DECA. Yet, while these failures may bring us down, the expert leader utilizes them to become the best leader they can be. This blog post will explore three different ways that you can take your failures and mold them into successes. Soon, you will see yourself grow as a leader!
Method 1: Analyzing a “Failed” Project
So your project that you were working on did not work out the way you wanted it to. As much as this may hurt, rather than letting yourself fall to the floor, you need to pick yourself up and keep going. Turn this “failed” project into a time of analysis and improvement. This is not going to be the last time you will do a project, so take a look at what you did to improve for the future. Examine your procedures. Did you give poor or clear directions? Did you put in your best effort? Was there effective time management? Ask yourself these questions and more to see how you did at leading these projects. In addition, ask partners, teachers, advisors, coworkers etc. how you did at leading the project. These people likely can help you find insight on your project that you cannot identify yourself. Hopefully, by implementing these steps, you will find reasons why you were not successful this time and be successful in the future.
Method 2: Looking at Your Leadership Style
Everyone is one of four leadership styles: Caretaker, Analyzer, Energizer, and Driver. To find out which style you are, click here. By knowing which one these styles you are, you can further understand how certain aspects of your leadership style can bring you down. For example, while Drivers are great at getting the task accomplished, they may step on some people as they get there. Or, because Energizers are so enthusiastic about a project, they may dominate conversation over others. Make sure to look at your leadership style and your insights, so that you can better yourself as a leader and as a person.
Method 3: Asking for Help
This is perhaps the most difficult step for most people. Often times, when you fail, you may not want to admit it, or may not be able to see your own issues. By asking others for help, you are allowing yourself to receive feedback from others. Others can often provide excellent insight on your leadership and how you can improve. Additionally, this humbling activity displays great maturity as a leader, and earns great respect from those in authority.
Hopefully, you will utilize these three methods to recover from failure and make yourself a better leader. Whether this was your first project or your thousandth project, you will always have room for improvement to become a better leader!