DECA Takes State


Deqlyn Buttrey, Editor

Countless clubs are offered at Heritage, ranging from Badminton to Art Club. However, only a select few groups compete, DECA is among these few. During their state competition in Hot Springs, members placed among the various teams in Arkansas.

Sophomore teammates Emma Robbins and Kelsey Moffitt placed first on the topic of Business Law and Ethics. Being their first experience at state, preparation was key. “Since I am not in any marketing classes, I watched a lot of videos and looked up important terms,” said Robbins. Given the team’s preempt to competition, Moffitt said, “We were given a scenario, and out of 12 teams, we were the only team to make the ethical decision.”

Jeff Shaw, Marketing teacher and Cross Country coach, is the sponsor for the club. The mentor kept track of the personnel he brought to state. “When finding a student to compete, I look at what kind of student they are,” said Shaw. “I need students I can trust.”

Because the students placed first in their events, April 26 through May 1, Heritage’s club will have the opportunity to travel to Orlando, Florida to face off at the national platform. With that just around the corner, Moffitt said, “There will be around 100 teams there. I plan to extensively prepare for our event.” With a last bit of confidence, “Their presentation skills are really good,” said Shaw. “They will do very well.”