DECA Club participates in community service

News Photo by Julie Goldberg The Alpena High School DECA Club celebrated DECA month in November by participating in community service and promotional campaigns. There are around 30 students in the club.

ALPENA — Alpena High School’s Distributive Education Clubs of America celebrated DECA Month in November by participating in community service and promotional campaigns, and attending a conference in Detroit.

“In DECA, you choose a competitive event, whether that is in finance, business, marketing, and human resources, and you choose that event, take a test, and then you go to different levels of competitions,” sophomore Madison Timmreck said. “Those levels are districts, states, and internationals.”

The students choose to do both promotional campaign and community service campaign.

“We presented to the marketing classes because anyone in a marketing class can join DECA,” Timmreck said. “We also made flyers for previous marketing students because once you’re in marketing, you can be in DECA for how many years that you are in high school. We also made signs for the lunchroom tables about DECA.”

For their community service campaign, the students did a pet supply drive for the Huron Humane Society.

“We had classes compete to bring items in,” sophomore Jimmy Bolanowski said.

There were over 100 items donated and then everyone in DECA donated money and with that extra money was used to buy 38 bottles of laundry detergent for the Huron Humane Society.

The students also had to listen to three success stories of alumni, which were Ron Lemke, Taylor Chroninger, and Mackenzie Johnson. The stories were either completed in person or by email and the three alumni gave speeches on how DECA shaped them.

“When you’re in DECA, even if you’re not going to go into business, it gives you talking experience with people who you are not familiar with,” sophomore Kiersten Wirgau said.

DECA students went to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit last week where they were one of three high schools that got to tour the new arena as part of a sports and entertainment conference.

“We listened to marketing professionals and we heard about the paths that they took to work for the Detroit Pistons in their marketing department and what they do as their job,” Timmreck said. “Everyone that went on the trip thought it was a great opportunity.”

Timmreck said they had to register and they were the first ones to register and that’s how they were able to do the tour.

“There were people from the advertising, human resources, public relations departments and each one of those people talked about their job and experience,” she said. “They asked if anyone had questions so we had opportunities to ask questions and they would answer.”

Listening to the departments helped the students get a sense of what careers they could have after they go to college.

“One of them mentioned how they wanted to be a professional basketball player but they were too short, but they still wanted to be a part of what happens, but not as a player,” Wirgau said.

Timmreck said the professionals talked about when they were younger and they would have to pay to go to see the Pistons and now they work for them and it’s their job.

“It’s cool that it’s their job and I think that’s really neat to think about,” she said.

The students were able to get a behind the scenes tour of the arena.

On Dec. 19, the chapter is going to compete at DECA Districts at Saginaw Valley State University.

“It’s a good experience and you get to be there all day,” Wirgau said. “After you’re done with the meeting, you just relax because you’re relieved that it’s done. You then go to an awards ceremony and some people move on to the next level with their scores.”

Scores are taken from a test the students have to take on Monday and that is added to their role play score that will be completed at districts.

Some students at Alpena made the state level last year, but did not make the international level, but the students were updated with what happened at internationals through social media and got excited about it.

“Because of the promotion that they made us we are more excited to go internationals, so because of our promotional and community service campaigns, we have an opportunity to attend internationals,” Timmreck said.

Students who are in DECA get a $1,000 scholarship for college and if the students do other activities while participating in DECA, they can get more scholarships.

Timmreck is club president , Bolanowski is vice president, Wirgau is secretary, sophomore Brooke Male is treasurer, and sophomore Erika Johnson is historian.

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