By Catalina Mejia
In Weston, Florida, Cypress Bay High offers a surplus of clubs and other extra-curricular activities. Out of all of these, DECA is the one that offers the most opportunities to prepare students for the professional world. It is a co-curricular program that pairs business classes with out of the classroom experiences. It offers district, state, and international competitions. Students have the option to prepare a business model and present it to judges or take a test on business knowledge. As the competition advances, the testers have to do role-plays: spur of the moment scenarios where the company must strategize a solution to a company’s problem. Not only does this DECA chapter provide for competitive exposure, but it also strives to improve the community. Currently, this DECA chapter is partnering with a charity called “The Spring” located in Tampa Bay. They have made it their goal to collect as much pasta, rice, crayons, and toothbrushes for those serviced by the spring. The manager of this project, Casey Harmouth, believes that “the work we do at school actually makes an impact on people’s lives, right here in Florida. Knowing that is a great feeling.” DECA truly forms a student’s background for success in adulthood.