Upper School Students Participate In Virtual DECA Competition
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Upper School Students Participate In Virtual DECA Competition

Lausanne DECA Club students participated in a virtual competition against high schools around the country last week.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. The annual competition is a club competition for high schools around the country. 

“The club is entirely student-driven, with students working independently on a chosen business challenge, and taking an online test in the week of the competition,” Upper School Social Studies teacher and DECA club sponsor Collin Libassi said.

This year, there were around 20 business categories that students could have chosen from including marketing communications, financial consulting, food marketing, human resource management, and hospitality services. 

“Some students write essays on a topic, others do role plays in response to a scenario that they are given on the day of the competition, and others had a scenario prompt given in advance for them to prepare for,” Libassi said.

Due to the pandemic, all of the role-play based scenarios were done virtually. Last week, students recorded videos and those videos were submitted to the western division competition of the Tennessee DECA district competitions. The top several students in each category for each district will have the opportunity to move on to the state competition which will be in Chattanooga in March.

“Very few of Lausanne’s DECA students are currently taking the IB Business Management course (around half of the students are 9-10th graders who cannot yet take the course anyway), so DECA is an extracurricular challenge in which students are often choosing to stretch themselves and learn in a way that is not connected to their core classes,” Libassi said.

Posted by Steven Russell at 08:33