DECA competes at state

The team competed virtually from CTEC

Katelyn Krosky , JagWire reporter/photographer

DECA competed at their first of two state competitions on Monday, Feb. 28 at the Cedar Trails Exploration Center (CTEC). 

DECA president senior Aneesa Ismail is proud of the team’s performance at state.

“I think we did really well at state. All of us were very prepared and collected,” Ismail said, “We presented ourselves with professionalism and went in there with confidence.” 

However, confidence is not the sole reason for the team’s success.

According to junior Libby Strathman, DECA sponsor Diana Heffernon-Myers is vital to the team’s success. 

“Mrs. Heffernon gave us a book with different practice tests that I used to study for the test, and for the role-play competition I used a Quizlet she made,” said Strathman. 

Additionally, student leadership greatly helped with preparation for state. The DECA team met weekly to practice for and discuss their upcoming competitions. 

“We had weekly meetings where DECA vice president Declan Taylor and I presented our members with practice exams and role-play scenarios,” said Ismail, “We discussed what we needed to wear and what to expect.”

This year’s state was all virtual due to COVID, forcing members to submit their videos and take their tests from CTEC. 

Strathman found state being online and at CTEC to be less stressful and more fun. 

“Virtual state was a lot less stressful and way more fun because just Mill Valley was there and Ms. Heffernon bought us Chipotle afterwards, which was fun,” Strathman said.

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