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November is DECA Month

The Grayson County Chapter of DECA (An Association of Marketing Students) is celebrating Kentucky DECA Month during November. This year’s officer action team is: Ashley Clemons, President; Zach Lashley, Vice President; Dayton Blair, VP of Membership; Kenzie Snyder, VP of Communication; Haley Risinger, VP of Charitable Causes; Ethan Hayes, VP of Activities; Haley Dockery, VP of Correspondence & PR; Amos Goodman, VP of Finance; and Chase Minton, VP of Chronology.

DECA enriches the co-curricular education of members with a comprehensive, integrated learning program that combines classroom instruction, applied learning, business knowledge and skills, and competition.

DECA competition is held at three levels – regional, state and international. Each provides a progressive opportunity for participants to showcase their talents and abilities, as well as interact with business professionals in real-world scenarios. Students may choose from some 35 marketing fields for competition. All events are designed to meet the needs of today’s global world and as a result, several new team-oriented events have been added.

GCHS DECA is very proud that six members received medals at the 2016 national conference in Nashville. Danielle Grapes and Kevin Wilson were recognized for their outstanding performance in Financial Literacy Promotion Plan while finishing 11th. Mekenzie Ballard and McKenzie Snyder finished 13th overall in the creative marketing research event. MDA project coordinators Hannah Clemons, Noah Cummings, and Zach Lashley finished 8th in the amount raised by DECA chapters on a national level for MDA. Overall, GCHS DECA had 11 of their 16 competitors receive Certificates of Excellence, a tremendous achievement.

In addition at the 2016 national conference, Ashton Filburn was on center stage as part of the national officer executive team. She spent 15-16 serving as Central Region Vice President (CRVP). This is only the third time that Kentucky has had a national officer and the second CRVP for Grayson County DECA.

DECA’s mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management fields. Its activities help prepare students academically, and become community-oriented, professionally responsible and experienced leaders. DECA’s values and priorities include competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork, and many opportunities are available to develop these.

Community involvement is a strong component of the DECA learning program as students develop a sense of service, and these young people are genuinely glad to offer their help. Just this school year, GCHS DECA has raised $4067.50 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) this year. Since 1997, the local chapter has donated $99,124.37 to MDA, and thanks to student efforts and tremendous community support.

DECA is considered co-curricular since students use concepts learned in class throughout their DECA experiences. This is certainly evident as members participate in another of DECA’s community service events to promote Autism awareness. Beaded bracelets are available, with proceeds benefitting the Grayson County Beading for Autism organization. This year, our Autism group has raised $5,198.35 and since 2011, $38,211.35 has been raised.

Students plan, implement and adjust marketing strategies throughout the program. They also learn about customer service, promotion, finances, work ethic, and team work. The beaded bracelets are made in just a few minutes and will be available December 3 at a Christmas Bazaar at The Centre on Main. Bracelets will also be available at other community and school events.

DECA’s Learn and Earn team displays the care and compassion of members by making and selling various styles of t-shirts and sweatshirts to raise money for Chailey Maples, a junior student battling leukemia. All proceeds raised from the sale of these items will go to help Chailey’s family with medical expenses. Orders can be placed by email through [email protected] or Haley Dockery at 270-287-1266.

DECA advisors are Cynthia Smith and Tony Embry, who are all happy to answer inquiries about Marketing Education and DECA. They can be reached at the Grayson County Technology Center, 270-259-3195, or Grayson County High School, 270-259-4078. DECA Booster membership is open to anyone with an interest in marketing education and helping students succeed. Contact booster president, Robin Lashley for more information at 270-868-0089. DECA boosters meet the third Thursday of each month at 5pm in room 68 of the Technology Center.

DECA genuinely appreciates and thanks all the businesses, organizations and individuals who support Marketing Education and DECA. Their continued energy enhances the educational, social, civic, and leadership skills acquired through the various classroom and chapter activities.


Signing the Proclamation of DECA Month are (front, l – r) Superintendent Doug Robinson, Leitchfield Mayor William H. Thomason, Board of Education Chair Carolyn Thomason, DECA Advisor Cynthia Smith and Grayson County Judge-Executive Gary Logsdon. Back, l – r: Chase Minton, VP of Chronology; Amos Goodman, VP of Finance; Ashley Clemons, President; Haley Risinger, VP of Charitable Causes; Haley Dockery, VP of Correspondence & PR; Ethan Hayes, VP of Activities; Zach Lashley, Vice President; Kenzie Snyder, VP of Communication; DECA Advisor Tony Embry and GCHS Principal Todd Johnston. Not pictured, Dayton Blair, DECA VP of Membership.
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