Something I challenged myself to do this year is DECA. DECA is a business club for high school and college students. In DECA, you can compete in many business related topics. I completed the entire year in Principles of Marketing. To compete in this event, you complete a test and role play. The test is 100 questions about your topic, whose score gets combined with a role play. A role play is an event situation that you are put in, where you have to problem solve while completing the performance indicators. An example of a role play can be viewed here.
Throughout 2016 and 2017, I have been practicing and studying Principles of Marketing. A goal that I had was to do well enough that I could compete in the State competition for my event. I knew of the National competition which would take place in Anaheim, California, but I thought that goal would be too large to achieve. The competitors were very skilled, and I thought of myself as a novice in DECA.
Competing in Districts, I took 2nd place in my event out of a multitude of people. At this level of competition, I was so joyful.
Heading off to State, I competed again. In a larger competition, I was able to make it to the Top 12 Finalists to compete again to see if I had a better chance to make it to the National Competition. I was overjoyed and a little surprised to be able to be the one of the top 12 finalists in my event out of the whole state. After competing again, I found myself being called up to the stage, in front of over 3,000 people–I had made Top 8. Once on stage, I was awarded with being 6th in the state for my event. I was oh, so pleasantly shocked.
I not only received a medal for my hard work, I had also received a plaque for my accomplishment.
My fellow DECA friends at the event not only won awards themselves, but also cheered me on. I am so blessed to have such a good support system.
DECA takes the Top 4 people in my role play, so initially I was not going to Anaheim, California, to compete. I was content with that fact–I had still made it so far at State. For Nationals, The only way you can be pulled up to go to nationals is if someone else cannot go. I had the honor to be pulled up to compete at DECA Nationals in Principles of Marketing. I could not sleep after this news hit me. I reached a goal I never thought I could reach.
I have the honor now to go compete with other DECA participants nationally. Not only that, but I get to experience California for the first time. I am so blessed for these opportunities. I guess now I just have to dream bigger–because hard work and big dreams are attainable. I never thought I would be where I am today.
No Dream Is Unattainable,