High school students prepare for promising futures at DECA conference

CPHS and LHS Deca Students
Eight students from Clover Park High School and 15 from Lakes High School attended the 2016 DECA Western Region Leadership Conference in Seattle.

Along with their advisors and 2,000 students from Mexico and the western United States, eight Clover Park and 15 Lakes High School students attended 2016 DECA Western Region Leadership Conference, held recently in Seattle.

Students listened to keynote speakers and attended breakout sessions on topics such as personal development. They also participated in mock interviews and competitions to prepare them for later conferences. Keynote speakers, interviewers and judges are volunteers from the business community.

Club advisors Kitti Wheeler (CPHS) and Randy Wilson (LHS) accompanied their students to the conference. “The first DECA conference of the school year focuses on leadership and familiarizes students with how the organization works,” said Wheeler.

"We are now preparing for the area conference in January, which will give students the chance to compete. Students who qualify will go on to state for a chance to compete in the national conference,” she continued.

DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 215,000 members. The club was founded in 1946, and celebrates a 70-year history of preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for promising futures.