New Distributive Education Clubs of America offers alternative to FBLA
DECA vice president sophomore Rachel Lee shows freshman Saahil Kakaria (left) the Sunny Hills DECA website during a Nov. 14 club meeting. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra.

They strive to become the next economic world leaders, dominate the world of business and pay tribute to business tycoons to give respect to the working field.

Members of the Distributive Education Clubs of America [DECA] try to adjust in different fields of business and work to make business a well-known topic around students, president sophomore Daniel Kong said.

Kong said he came up with the idea of establishing DECA after being an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America [FBLA] during the 2018-2019 school year.

“So far we’ve gone over what the club is about and what we do in it,” Kong said of the 20-member club. “I also created a website [to] list all the events and important things needed for the members of the club.”

DECA aims to improve their business skills by teaching students all about the field and exposing them to it.

“Our purpose is to [spread] business throughout the school and give an [open learning space] to prospective business leaders,” sophomore vice president Rachel Lee said.

DECA differs from FBLA because DECA mainly focuses on career topics while FBLA focuses on a combination of different topics that shape students to become the next leaders. But like FBLA, it is a chapter of the international organization of the same name.

“DECA has community service, advocacy and global entrepreneurship weekly campaigns that [differentiates] itself from FBLA,” Kong said.

The DECA High School Division includes 200,000 members in 3,500 schools while FBLA has 196,950 high school members and more than 5,200 chapters (clubs), he said.

The club allows students to gain experiences early, obtain awards from competitions to improve their business credentials and gives students an idea of future jobs.

In terms of competitions, Kong said that’s still under discussion among the club leaders.

“DECA initially has four major competitions, yet we are still deciding on whether to attend these conferences due to their location, which is out of state,” he said.

Kong was able to find one of the new teachers, English teacher Kady Fibrow, to be its adviser.

“I think [DECA] definitely has potential [to grow ] because the students are required to learn about all the different areas of business and study them,” Fibrow said.

DECA meets every other Thursday at lunch in Room 34.

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