Posted: February 25, 2017

Wednesday, February 16, was “Written Project Night” for the CHS DECA students. (DECA  prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.) It is a night where business professionals and other volunteers from our community come in and help out with judging and critiquing more than 30 written projects that have qualified to compete at the State Career Development Conference (SCDC) in March.

During each 15-minute student presentation, the volunteers acted as representatives of the business profiled in the project. The DECA students pitched to them an idea, advertising campaign, or product in a professional manner. Presentations included PowerPoint slides and an executive summary from their 15–30-page research paper. Students were prepared to answer judges’ questions about the project scope, budget, and return on investment. After the presentations were complete, the judges offered suggestions, corrections, and ideas, and then scored the projects in several categories, including content, delivery, and professionalism.

“It is a fun and important event for state-bound DECA students!” said Suzie Downs, DECA advisor and Marketing teacher. “This night helps give the community insight on what our marketing students are all about and what they are capable of doing.”

For most students, this is their first opportunity to formally present their project in a format very similar to the state competition. The event allows a fresh set of eyes on work that has been the focus of countless hours for the student teams.

Downs added, “Thanks goes out to those our community and business professionals who volunteered their time to help our students to improve their ideas, views, and concepts in their project, as well as a chance to sharpen their presentation skills.”