By Victor Aves
On January 16, the Woodrow Wilson High School DECA chapter participated in a local competition. Twenty-two Woodrow students took part in the event, and 19 were first timers.
DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, and DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 225,000 members in all 50 United States, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain.
This organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for various business endeavors. DECA partners with many local and national businesses groups.
The Woodrow Chapter was recognized on the front stage for meeting the Thrive Level Membership Growth level, by adding 20 new members since last year. The state finalists (pictured below) are as follows: senior Ruben Reyna, financial consulting; Joan Calzada, accounting applications; and Casandra Rodriguez and Sofia Santillan, entrepreneurship/team decision making.
For Sofia, this is her first year in DECA and her first competition. This is an exciting growth year for the Woodrow DECA Chapter as more students are learning about the group. They compete in the DECA State Finals Feb. 20-22 in Fort Worth.