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DECA - A Student's Perspective by Megan Becconsall
A Student's Perspective
By Megan Becconsall, RHS Senior and International DECA Finalist
As an International DECA Finalist, I have witnessed first-hand how the DECA Club offers Ramsey High School students the opportunity to embody the Profile of a Ramsey Graduate. Starting on the ground level, DECA provides Ramsey students with a platform for us to capitalize on our thorough understanding of content relevant to the real world, and presents us with real-world situations and obstacles that allow us to manifest our learned skills and knowledge. Moving forward, as Ramsey students compete in our respective events, we are given the opportunity to harness and refine our problem-solving skills by executing the practices taught to us at Ramsey, such as critical thinking, effective and adaptable communicating, and working as an constructive team-member. And as we subsequently rise through the ranks at DECA— competing on a regional, state, and eventually international scale— we have the chance to better ourselves both on a personal level and as a member of society, as we indicate accountability, thoughtful decision-making, a positive attitude, and self-reliance.
Despite how rewarding it is for us to be given a chance to grow, succeed, and challenge ourselves in a competitive environment, I have found that the most valuable part of the DECA club is that it provides on opening for us to reflect on their experience, their strengths, and their shortcomings as both a competitor and a student. In addition, by participating in DECA, students are able to work closely with Mrs. Tadduni, who not only encourages students to challenge themselves and refine their skills, but is also an excellent mentor for students both personally and academically.
This school year alone, there were many students who perfectly exemplify what we, as Ramsey students, can achieve through DECA. This includes, but is not limited to: Ava Dolcemascolo, who worked closely with local business owners to develop an institutional marketing campaign that was awarded at the International competition, as well as Chris Azouri and Jacqueline Kray, who raised over $5,000 for Save The Children by organizing multiple fundraisers and events throughout the district, and the owners of Charity Chokers, who single handedly made a $2,000 profit— half of which was donated to the Patterson Elementary School— by founding and operating their own business.