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Lakes' DECA program achieves gold-level re-certification

Lakes High School’s business club, DECA, has earned gold-level re-certification for the high school’s student store. The store initially received gold certification in March 2014. Lakes’ store is one of 316 school-based enterprises (SBE) to achieve gold re-certification in the U.S.

According to DECA, the SBE Certification Program recognizes outstanding achievement by school-based enterprises and motivates SBEs to strive for excellence and growth. SBEs can be certified at three levels: bronze, silver or gold.

Lakes DECA students Kadence Mitchell, Siobhan Wells and Ryan Habersetzer worked on the re-certification with assistance from their advisor Randy Wilson. They described the student store’s policies, merchandise and outreach in a 22-page report they submitted to DECA in December. 

“This experience really taught us to pay attention to details,” said Wells. “It was a lot of work but very rewarding.”

“This re-certification means our student store is maintaining high standards,” said Wilson. “The students are learning a lot in DECA and applying what they learn in the real world.”

The SBE is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of the market. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate national curriculum standards in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
Lakes’ program will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in April in Nashville, Tennessee.

DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 215,000 members in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. 

image of DECA students Siobhan Wells, Ryan Habersetzer and Kadence Mitchell

(Left to right) Lakes High School DECA students Siobhan Wells, Ryan Habersetzer and Kadence Mitchell developed and submitted a report that earned gold-level re-certification for the school’s student store.