Demopolis DECA students readying for state conference

DECA club members at Demopolis High School are registering for the Alabama Career Development Conference (CDC) to be held Feb. 19-20 in Birmingham.

Sponsor Connie Davis said students who place in the top three of their events will travel to the international competition in Orlando, Fla., in April.

“We have already received recognition this year from both state and national DECA,” said Davis.

Two students, Cortney Smith and Abbey Latham, won the competition in t-shirt design for Alabama DECA. Every DECA member who attends the CDC in February will be wearing the shirt.

In addition, the DHS “DECA is Haunted by Domestic Violence” public relations project was recognized by national DECA as an award-winning project.

The local club has seven seniors who will receive recognition from national DECA as Emerging Leaders.

Other activities that DHS club worked on this year include “We Are Family,” a community service project with the residents of Woodhaven Nursing Home; Tour of Homes learn and earn project, and the Teddy Bear Drive community service project.

“DECA is a student-led organization, and our students are leaders,” said Davis. “Chapter officers create a plan of work each year based on what student members say they want to accomplish.”

David said students “become more civic conscious and socially aware while learning how to communicate and work as a team.”