Approximately 20 members to attend DECA state career development conference Five students to run for state office

Approximately 20 out of 80 DECA members will be attending the State Career Development Conference (SCDC) at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel Casino from Feb. 21-23.

“I am extremely excited because state is a chance to represent our school, network with other members and compete to obtain a more enhanced business mindset,” DECA president Jeannette Marquez said.

Members who plan to attend the event must have passed a marketing exam with a 75% or higher, attended the mandatory meeting held on Feb. 11, complete two grade checks to be turned into B143 and pay $180 to the banker before the conference.

“The marketing test was not hard unless you did not study for it,” DECA Capsbook Committee Leader Kyla Dominguez said. “I studied by taking practice tests from the meetings. Also, we played Kahoot and other games to help us prepare. Every person had a different test based on the event they are doing. For example, hotel lodging, hospitality and tourism, finance etc.”

During the event, students will be able to participate in competitions, workshops and listen to different speakers.

“I’m very excited to see what we will do at state,” DECA Capsbook Committee Leader Sofia Islam said. “I’m doing a hospitality services event with a partner and we worked really hard. I can’t wait to see the outcome since this is my first time going to state, but I am excited to live the experience.”

The first day of the conference will consist of voting for the State Officer Board. Five students from SWCTA’s DECA chapter will be running for office.

“As a senior, I am glad that my last state conference is of me being up on the stage talking to the members instead of being a member sitting down,” DECA State President Cindy Kim said. “It is also a great opportunity to be state president and to lead the people at state conference this year.”

Students will be competing in their respective competitive events on the second day. Awards will be given on the last day of the event and members will also find out if they qualify for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville, Tenn. on Apr. 23-26.

“This year, we have five candidates for state office for the chance to represent the entire Nevada DECA community,” Marquez said. “Once we find out who qualifies for ICDC, we will prepare more to compete on an international level.”