Teacher Deborah Mauldin and DECA sponsor at VHS, doesn’t mind bragging on her students. Anne Fosberg and Madi Huskey, both 2016 high school graduates, made 100 on DECA testing scores when 70 percent is the standard.
“This is a big deal,” she added. They were among the 10 VHS students who attended the International DECA competition held in Canada. Vilonia had 12 DECA students who qualified to attend, however, only 10 went.
Last year, there were 25 DECA students at VHS. Mauldin said she anticipates to exceed that number this year with a group of 10th graders coming in. This year’s competition will be in California, she said.
Currently, Fosberg is in college at the U of A in Jonesboro studying business administration and Huskey is at UCA enrolled in pre-nursing.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe, Mauldin explained. DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. DECA’s flagship evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school. DECA’s scholarship program provides more than $300,000 in scholarships to high school and college DECA members at the International Career Development Conference each year.