DECA students learn about ‘Taking Care of Business’

Ilwaco High School students began getting a head start on business careers at a DECA conference in Seattle.

SEATTLE — Recently, a group of students from Ilwaco High School attended the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Fall Leadership Conference in Seattle. Kami Cox, the DECA club advisor, and Andrew Goodwin, a math teacher at Ilwaco High School, took 23 students to participate in the conference. Throughout the three-day trip, students learned how to interview, speak publicly, raise funds, help others through community service and how to be successful leaders.

The first day that our school group arrived, we were greeted by many other DECA students and advisors from all over the state of Washington. On Monday morning, we started our day listening to Neil Petal, a successful entrepreneur, talk to us about his inspiring journey on how he achieved his goals. Throughout the remainder of the day, we attended many different workshops, even a mock interview. We ended our night by hearing speakers Greg Bennick and Patti Dobrowolski tell us about how to plan for life and business.

On Tuesday when our group woke up most of us were not ready to leave. We anxiously looked forward to our final activity, the mock competition. Everybody did great, and received so much useful advice. As we prepared to leave the conference, everybody was all smiles. From the mock competition we had learned so much about what an actual area and national competition would be like.

By the time we left the amazing city of Seattle, we had been thoroughly prepared to head home and create a successful chapter of our own. We are ready to prepare for all of our future competitions. We are excited about creating our own DECA program at Ilwaco High School!

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