Central's DECA Chapter Triples in Size

DECA-team.jpgCentral Methodist University’s new Collegiate DECA chapter is gearing up for its second year, and has experienced quite a bit of growth.

DECA advisor Dave Hickman, professor of business, said the team has more than tripled in size from its inaugural group of six.

“We have 19 now,” Hickman said. “DECA doesn’t usually have competitions in the fall, so we’re preparing for State in February and then the international competition in April. We’re also doing quite a bit of fundraising.”

Hickman said his DECA squad is focusing this fall on DECA’s Leadership Passport Program, comparable to “merit badges” for achievement in areas of academics, leadership, professionalism, and community.

DECA is actively planning to do a community service partnership project with Fayette Main Street this semester, and others. The chapter made a statement last year by taking home three awards in the Missouri Career Development conference competition.

This year’s DECA officers are Rachel Smith of Wentzville, president; Grady Mattson of Stanberry, vice president; Leah Smith of St. Peters, secretary; and Amy Blair of Maywood, treasurer.

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