By Christian Hunt – DECA is an international program on high school and college campuses that is developing leaders in marketing, finance, management, and hospitality. Ninety-two percent of members say they have learned how to successfully communicate thoughts and ideas as well as learn exactly what a business is looking for in a potential employee.
DECA is an important and growing organization at WJC with seventeen student-members in just its second year of operation on campus. Students Alex Blevins and Nichole Marquise founded the Jewell chapter of DECA in 2016. Both had common ground in DECA as they were former members in high school and wanted to see it come to William Jewell.
This semester has been a big one for the DECA team as ten students qualified in a total of thirteen events at the Missouri State Competition at the end of February. The students moving on to nationals are: Alex Blevins, Tanner DeVore, Jacob Dice, Jameson Howard, Kelsey Jepson, Nichole Marquis, Christian Ousnamer, Tim Posler, Ty Pratt, and Carson Trent. They will represent Jewell and the state of Missouri at the International Career Development Competition in Anaheim California. In just its second year of operation, Jewell DECA has qualified more students than the University of Missouri, University of Central Missouri, and Missouri State University.
Students interested in joining the DECA team, are invited to contact faculty sponsor Professor Shelly McVay or any of the students listed above. There are no pre-requisites besides wanting to improve critical thinking and analysis skills and competition is optional.