The Laramie High School DECA team is preparing for their first competition of the 2018-2019 season, MEC, here in laramie on Oct. 15.

DECA is a business and marketing club where there are different categories you can compete in. Finance, management, accounting, marketing, and communicating are just a few of the many categories.  

“DECA helps me learn important business skills that I need for my future,” Sarah Wallace says.

Along with the business aspect of DECA, “It’s a great way to meet new people,” Arundathi Nair said.

Another benefit of DECA is getting to travel. Competitions range from Scottsbluff, Neb., all the way to Atlanta. This year, nationals are in Orlando. Each competition lasts multiple days.

Competitions are normally held at hotels. Each competition is set up into brackets. The competition starts by taking a 100 question test. After the test, the competitors are given a scenario in their category. After prepping for about 20 minutes, they present to the judge.

“This year, we want to work on member retention,” Arundathi Nair said. This is her second year on the LHS DECA team and she is ready for the season to begin.

“Another great thing about DECA is pin exchange,” Aru says.

At nationals there is a pin exchange that happens. Upon meeting someone at a competition, you have the opportunity to exchange pins. Every state has their own pin. You can trade pins and collect them from many different states.

The pins are varied in colors and can be a very important piece of memorabilia for past students to look back at all the experiences they had and the people they met in DECA.

“It’s a cool thing that you can look back at the pins and remember the people you met,” Sarah says.

The first competition every year is called MEC. MEC is more of a trial to see if the new members of DECA enjoy competing. Normally, MEC takes place in Casper, Wyoming, but this year it’s here in our hometown of Laramie on the 15th of October.

The team looks forward to the season hoping to see a year filled with as much success as they had the year previous.

By Zoe Pearce