The Importance of DECA & What They Do

There are many important clubs and organizations at Edmond North, but one of the most prevalent and talked about is DECA. DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, and they prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. To summarize, DECA helps high school and college students learn about and take opportunities in certain fields. 

DECA is a national organization, but they care about every community they work in. 

A North student, and active member of DECA, said this, “DECA hosts and organizes the North Star Angel Tree every year to help kids in need celebrate Christmas. DECA also adopted Fretz street, and they clean it two times a semester. DECA would love new members. We appreciate everybody. The only requirement is enrollment in marketing fundamentals, business management, or entrepreneurship.”

“My favorite part of DECA is going to the Career Development Conference in February. You get to compete for the chance to go to internationals. This year, internationals are in Orlando, Florida,” said Pieghton Harrik, a junior who is running for state in DECA.

DECA has many different membership options to help work with everyone’s needs and interests. The base level payment is eight dollars, and then you pay whatever you need to for the things you enroll and participate in. 

Barbara Inselman is a teacher and DECA instructor at North and shares her insight into her active membership in the organization.

“DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Marketing ed and DECA have been my entire 25-year teaching career. As a student in high school, I enrolled in marketing class, joined DECA, got involved, and basically never left. This program provides such amazing opportunities for students to become college and career ready,” said Inselman.

Overall, DECA is an essential part of our school and community, and it gives amazing opportunities to its members. Everyone should at least look into DECA and see if it’s for them.