DECA Business Chapter

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in high schools around the globe. DECA students will work on presentation and interviewing skills and meet with advisors and business professionals to refine their business skills. DECA meets during Monday breakouts and occasional late starts for group meetings. Students will also sign up for times to meet with advisors to practice their presentations for competition. Students are encouraged to take personal finance and business consulting courses at SWCHS to help gain business knowledge for DECA. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are allowed to join.

Annual registration fees for DECA competitors is $100 per student. For students wanting to be involved, without the competition aspect, a $50 registration fee will be required.

All students involved in competition will compete at districts. If students qualify for state, they will spend three days downtown Minneapolis competing at the State Competition in March. If students advance to Internationals, they will have the option of traveling to Orlando in April.

2020 Dates

  • District Competition: Sunday, January 26 at Wayzata High School
  • State Competition: March 1–3 at Hyatt Regency (Downtown Minneapolis)

“Being involved in DECA this year helped me with my public speaking skills and gave me an idea of what a potential business career might look like.” – Robby Pettit, Junior

“I had a lot more fun at district competition than I thought I would. I learned how to interview correctly, so I feel more confident to interview for possible jobs.” – Julia Brouwer, Sophomore

“I’m not at all a business-oriented person, but I loved DECA. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me sharpen my people skills. I wish I had another year to participate.” – Annie Strachan, Senior

“I was very nervous about our first competition and expected it to just be a learning experience. I actually ended up having a lot of fun. I have never done anything like this before, so my confidence grew a lot.” – Adrian Richarich, Sophomore

“I think that DECA is highly beneficial to those involved. It has helped prepare me for the business world and college by allowing me to become more confident. I think this program is worth the time and effort!” – Lauren Burke, Senior

“I loved DECA this year, and I’m very glad it was offered at SWCHS. I will be able to use these skills later in life, and I’m very grateful for it.” – Britta Carlson, Senior

“I really liked the atmosphere at Districts. There were a lot more bonuses to competing than I originally thought.” – Braedon Ziemer, Sophomore

“I feel so much more confident in my skills being able to practice interviewing under pressure and learning tips! Asking for the job was something I had never done and now feel much more comfortable doing so.” – Chris Rasmussen, Senior

“Honestly, at first I wanted to do DECA because it looks good when applying to college. As the year went on, I started to realize the things we were learning will benefit me a lot when I am out of high school. I feel very confident for the next time I have a job interview, and I’m so glad I did DECA this year.” – Mason Day, Junior