Written events are the more rigorous of the DECA competitions. Students who participate in the written event competitions are generally second or third year students. The written event consists of a written project (generally 20-30 pages). Many DECA members choose to compete with a written project—something they have been working on all semester in their classroom. Members prepare the projects and submit them to DECA. We then need judges to come in and spend time reading all of the projects in a chosen subject area. Student members are given specific guidelines and topics when they prepare the 20-30 page papers. The reading of these manuals takes place prior to the conference.
Once students arrive at the competition the second portion of their written event competition takes place: the defense of their written project. The length of time students present before judges and the content of their presentation varies depending on which event they are competing in.
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