School's Out For Summer! Our DECA Year in Review

Oregon DECA was a dominant charted association this year, accomplishing great strides in the DECA Universe. Oregon DECA electrified all of our events this season from the Oregon Leadership Institute to the International Career Development Conference! Thanks to our Oregon DECA staff, advisors and members, Oregon DECA, once again has had an amazing year. From local completions to ICDC finalists, we have really owned our 2016-2017 year!

Oregon DECA kicked off the year in November with the Oregon Leadership Conference (OLI), in Bend, Oregon. This leadership conference included a superb combination of emerging leaders from fellow CTSO's including SkillsUSA, FBLA, FCCLA, and HOSA and brought together Oregon DECA for the first time! Here, Oregon DECA focused on helping its members bring their own leadership stories to perfection. After OLI, all three of Oregon DECA’s districts began their season with multiple competitive local and district competitions. For the next three months, members used the skill they learned to compete against other chapters at these events! Finally, after all the hours of learning, practicing, and hard work, Oregon DECA members rose to the ultimate challenge at the Oregon State Career Development Conference (SCDC) in February. Oregon DECA members were put to the test, competing head to head with other members and teams from around the state in their chosen competitive role-play, written event, or business presentation. This year, over nine hundred members competed at SCDC, competing for the top three spots in their chosen event among their peers. SCDC resulted in Oregon DECA being able to recognize the elite DECA members from Oregon, and offered these members the opportunity to represent Oregon at International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Anaheim, California! Over one hundred and seventy members from Oregon participated at ICDC, competing with a total of over 19,000 members from around the world. Oregon DECA had 28 finalists, 13 top ten finalists, and 3 third place winners, who received DECA Glass!

With all of Oregon DECA's achievements, this year marks one of the best years Oregon DECA has ever had! Oregon DECA has done a great job of accomplishing objectives and increasing membership. Hopefully, Oregon DECA can keep rising and accomplish as much as we did this year. Our 2016-2017 DECA season, has been phenomenal and all of us have worked hard to improve our organization. We all have made numerous fond memories this year, but next year will be even better. Oregon DECA will never stop thriving, we are excited for the upcoming year!