DECA successfully concludes 23-24 school year

Gabrielle Redinger – PCHS Bulletin 

Parrish Community High School DECA has had a successful 2023-2024 school year.  By the end of the year, they gained 90+ student memberships and 20 sponsors. Students have participated in field trips, service projects, state and international conventions. With credit going to the presidents and advisors, Brandon Mefford and Courtney Metzger, students have made and fulfilled goals that were previously un-thought of.  

Mefford said one goal was to increase membership both with students and professionals in the organization. “We placed 8th as the fastest growing organization in the country, which is a huge accomplishment as this is the first year under the DECA title.” 

DECA students were offered the experience to tour Top Golf and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. They learned marketing skills behind the scenes from marketing directors and tour guides. Recently, the club went to Universal Studios Orlando, to attend a marketing program held by Michael Morman, Senior Youth Educator for Universal, while also enjoying the park rides.  

DECA Group photo at Universal

“It’s a great experience for marketing students to get a taste of what marketing really is and where they can take it in the future,” said Natalie Boone, two-year DECA member. 

Members were encouraged to participate in service projects during the school year, including a park trash pick-up and a shoe drive for the less fortunate. Giving the members the opportunity to better the community also gave them the chance to better themselves, their perspective on the local community and their leadership among others. 

18 students made it past district testing and presentations to attend Florida DECA States in Orlando, Florida. There they participated in role-play scenarios and presentations specific to their topics, such as Financial Consulting and Travel and Tourism. After previously placing 3rd in the Region, Braelyn Fletcher placed 1st in the State in her topic, Financial Consulting with Peer-to-Peer Payment. Fletcher and two other students, Gabrielle Redinger (myself) and Avery Scribner, will be in Anaheim, California for the International Career Development Conference from April 26 to May 1. Fletcher has refined her presentation and materials for her presentation, while the two other students will be attending workshops for two days on leadership in marketing.

 Gabrielle Redinger, Braelyn Fletcher with her first place trophy, and DECA Advisor Brandon Mefford

“I hope to meet people from different corners of the world.  Gathering other’s thoughts on DECA’s opportunities will expand my prospective. I know this trip will provide me with more life experiences and perspectives,” Fletcher said. 

Plans for the 2024-2025 school year are already in the works, including exclusive field trips and more service projects for the students to run.