By J. Berenson
Two weeks ago Bedford High School sent nine students to the State DECA competition in Boston. DECA (Distributive Executive Clubs of America) is a worldwide organization with more than 190,000 high school members in all 50 states and 8 countries that teaches students creative and entrepreneurial thought through seminars, role-plays, and examinations to help prepare them to be leaders in the business world. This is Bedford High’s first year of having a DECA club and so far it has been a success.
Lead by advisor Justine Flora, Bedford DECA had 10 of 16 students qualify (S. Regan, N. Battaglia, J. Berenson, B. Driscoll, J. Citrano, B. Flynn, N.KC, R. Inz, B. Jameson, and D. Arsenault) for the state competition in Boston where they joined over 2,000 students from across the state.
The members participated in role-plays and tests in their respective categories whether it be, Financial Decision Making or Restaurant and Food Service Management and attended seminars from motivational speakers like Dick Hoyt. Bedford had three finalists who won medals and plaques in their categories (B.Inz, J. Berenson and B. Flynn).
“I had a great time, and I think it was an overall success for the club,” said President of Fundraising Neil KC. “DECA has been a great experience for all the Bedford members and hopes to grow and have more success next year. As the president of Bedford DECA I would like to thank all our financial supporters and anyone who contributed to our success.”