DECA receives multiple awards at recent meet

Post date: Mar 31, 2016 3:32:31 AM

By: Abbie Schmidt, Staff Writer

Posted January 19th, 2016

There was a DECA meet on the 9th of January. I talked with Emma Sievers, a Slinger High School senior, who gave me the inside scoop. She told me the general idea of the competition is that you’re presenting an idea to a judge.This is called a roleplay. Emma participated in the Human Resources Category. She presented how she would handle a situation in a business environment where people had to be relocated because of a new job position, or putting a policy in place if employees are misbehaving. During her sophomore and junior year, she participated in the Travel and Tourism category where she had to present ideas on how to appeal a specific trip to all ages and come up with new ideas for a tourist agency.

For judging, grading is based off of objectives that you have to incorporate into your business plan. Emma told me that you can win medals from an exam you take before the actual competition. You can also win medals from each role play individually. Out of the finalists, participants are awarded plaques for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. 1st and 2nd place automatically qualify for state. When asked what her least favorite part was, Emma responded that waiting for awards was it! She said they’re extremely nerve wracking. Emma said that her favorite part of the competition was getting to try out the Human Resources Category because it was new to her. Overall, Slinger did really well. A lot of people received medals and a couple people placed. Some participants who received awards included Emma Sievers in her Human Resources category, Tristan Palmer in Hotel Management, Emma Patnode in Quick Serve, and the team of Megan Meyer and Josie Bjorklund in Travel and Tourism.