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On April 11, 2019, SCCC DECA received a generous donation from CFM Insurance, Inc in Concordia, MO. The donation of $2000 will help support and sustain the SCCC DECA chapter this year as we work to send two members, Romario Monroy and Trinity Stewart (Creative Marketing Project-Operation Stand Up) to the DECA International Career Development Competition (ICDC) which will be April 26- May 1, 2019, and will be held in Orlando, Florida.

Each year SCCC DECA works with local initiatives and charities to develop marketing, publicity and advertising plans or general community awareness programs. This year Operation Stand Up, which is a creative marketing project focused on raising awareness and creating a program that would prevent those who have disabilities from being bullied. At State competition, this group received 2nd place and will represent the SCCC DECA chapter at ICDC.

Another one of the SCCC DECA projects included a community service project called November Rain, which found various ways to raise awareness and support veterans. In March, DECA members worked an Intersection Collection to raise money to go towards supporting our Veterans. On May 10th proceeds from various fundraising events completed by the chapter will be awarded to our local veterans during the 2nd annual DECA award ceremony, which will be held in the Marshall High School Little Theater at 5 p.m.. Several DECA members will receive their DECA letters, and receive recognition for their work this year along with a special recognition to our SCCC DECA sponsors. DECA members enjoy giving back to the community which has supported us whole heartedly every step of the way.

SCCC DECA provides a sponsorship level which includes advertising opportunities through DECA for each business that donates to the chapter. Dough4DECA is done by chapter members as a source of funding for ICDC. Businesses interested in becoming a sponsor this year can contact Kerry Henley, DECA Advisor, at 660-886-6958. 

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Nine members of the Saline County Career Center DECA chapter recently returned from the annual International Career Development Conference held April 20-24 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Students who represented Missouri at this competition were Zachary Baker, Katherine Miles, Logan Evans, Anna Hartley, Rileigh Massey, Elijah Jackson, T-Love William, Katherine Greathouse, and Rhiannon Bowlen.

Elijah Jackson and T-Love William brought home a 2nd place trophy in the Creative Marketing Category and will be honored at the Excellence in Marketing ceremony on May 17th at the Jefferson City State Capitol building.

Baker, Miles, Evans, Hartley, Massey, Jackson, William, Greathouse, and Bowlen all received awards of excellence by placing in the top 30 percent within their categories of Community Service, Creative Marketing, and Public Relations.

All three events require a 30-page written report, 10 minute presentation and display board to highlight the activities accomplished during the project.

Students were accompanied on their trip by Kerry Henley, marketing teacher. In addition to their competitive events, students visited Six Flags, the Georgia Aquarium, the Coca-Cola Museum and attended a concert featuring Andy Grammer.

DECA ICDC is attended by more than 21,000 high school students, advisors and business representatives from all over the world. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, management, finance and hospitality.

"This year was highly competitive. It was amazing to see the level of competition. Our students achieved a lot this year. The amount of community support has been impressive and our chapter is appreciative of all of the support," said Henley.

"I’ve enjoyed watching them achieve their goals this year. My part as their advisor is to guide them, teach them, and support them in their efforts. We competed as a team, finaled as a team, and placed 2nd in Creative Marketing as a team. They all worked hard and are wonderful assets to our community.”

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