The City of Sharonville Recognizes Princeton Business Students
Press Release DECA: The City of Sharonville Recognizes Princeton Business Students
Students in the Princeton City School District DECA Club are being recognized by the City of Sharonville with a proclamation that November 10, 2020, is DECA Day in the city.
“We want to take this opportunity to applaud their work in finding ways to connect and build our local business community,” Mayor Kevin Hardman states. “Princeton students involved in DECA are leaders throughout the school as members of the student council, National Honor Society, Key Club, athletic teams, orchestra, band, and choir. We felt compelled to recognize these students, and I am grateful that we are able to do so with this proclamation.”
DECA is an association whose mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA enhances the co-curricular education of members by providing authentic, experiential learning methods to prepare members for college and careers.
“At Princeton, DECA students are empowered through experience to provide effective leadership through goal-setting, consensus building, and project implementation,” explains Tom Burton, superintendent of the district. “Valuing competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork is key. We know that these qualities enhance our efforts of empowering each student for college, career, and life success.”
Annually, DECA students attend competitions on the local, district, and state levels. Eleven PHS students qualified to attend the DECA state competition last year, with six placing in the top 10 of their event. At competitions, students are asked to solve a real-world problem in the form of role-play.
DECA members put their knowledge into action through rigorous project-based activities that require creative solutions with practical outcomes. Partnerships with businesses at local and broader levels provide DECA members with realistic insight into industry and help promote meaningful, relevant learning.
“Just as it is in our global economy, a spark of competition drives DECA members to excel and improve their performance,” explains Rebecca McCowan, DECA advisor, and business teacher. “The participating students are ambitious, high-achieving leaders equipped to conquer the challenges of their aspirations. Recognizing the benefit of service and responsibility to the community, DECA members continually impact and improve their local and broader communities. DECA members are poised professionals with ethics, integrity, and high standards.”
Princeton DECA students have also participated in the Business and Community Partner Breakfast, which is held quarterly at Princeton High School since it began in 2017. Students help set up tables, greet and sign in guests, and participate in public speaking during the breakfast. This year the students are taking a more active role in planning, marketing, creating content, and running the virtual event.
Senior Janiyah Wright-Willingham has been part of the club since her freshman year. “We have helped with numerous activities in our elementary schools, such as helping them carve pumpkins and worked at carnivals,” she explains. “DECA members are very active in the school. We even managed the Viking Spirit Shop and hosted a free throw contest during halftime of basketball games.”
During the 2017-2018 school year, a business program was brought to Princeton High School (PHS) in partnership with Great Oaks Career Campuses. This also marked the beginning of DECA at PHS. Students enrolled in the business program are members of DECA as well; it is a co-curricular club.
Princeton DECA had 167 members in 2019-2020. Under normal circumstances numbers would have been similar this year; however, due to the current hybrid and remote learning schedule this year, the district currently has 74 members in the award-winning club.