Taking Care of Business at ICDC

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The West Salem High School DECA chapter sent sixteen members to compete at ICDC in Orlando, Florida this year. ICDC stands for International Career Development Conference, and it is the final competition of the year for DECA competitors.  These students worked extremely hard over the past several months to move on to ICDC. While the DECA season was long over for some members, these finalists were still taking practice tests, looking over performance indicators, and rewriting and editing speeches until late April in hopes of making it to finals.

While the competitors were busy performing in the role-plays, completing the 100-question tests, and giving presentations, they also had time to enjoy Florida. This year, students soaked up the sun by spending lots of time on the beach, enjoying the fun rides at Universal Studios, and spending their free time hanging out or shopping. While no one made it to finals this year, the students still presented well and had a blast.  “When I joined DECA this year, I never expected to make it this far,” said freshman Kate Fitzgerald. “I [was] so excited to go to Florida and make great memories with everyone!”

All of these activities are coordinated by DECA advisor Jason Holter and co-advisor Brittney Hodgson. “The hard thing about planning trips like this is trying to plan things that all students will enjoy,” said Hodgson. “Between testing and individual/team events, students work a lot while they’re here, so we like to make sure they also have a little fun. It’s hard trying to plan activities that will please each student,” 

Seniors Aaron Bahr, Ryan Schlimgen, and John Glassmaker are competing in Fashion Virtual Business Challenge. Seniors Abby Sharp and Kendra Ames competed in Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making. Seniors Carissa Hass and Kylie Wright competed in SBE. Seniors Dagan Hemker and Garrett Lord competed in VBC accounting. Senior Dani Miller competed in School Based Enterprise. Junior Josie Hanson competed in Sports Entertainment. Sophomores Rayna Dressel and Julia Krien competed in a Financial Literacy Promotion Plan Project. Freshman Kate Fitzgerald competed in Principles of Marketing.

Juniors Julia Stoleson and Max Schumacher went to ICDC as State Officers. “This year, I have the great opportunity to go to Florida, not only as a competitor, but as a state Officer,” said Schumacher.  “I am aware of the fantastic opportunity that I have been given, and plan to take advantage of that at ICDC.” Schumacher is also competing in an International Business Plan. “It was really wonderful way to network with other chapter not only around the country, but around the world,” said Stoleson. “It was a great way to bond with our chapter and get to know people we don’t usually talk to.”

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