2013 Utah DECA State Conference
By Carley Herrick
Utah DECA State President
This March Utah DECA hosted its annual State Career Development Conference at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. Over 1,100 students and advisors attended this two day event, displaying their skills in the areas of entrepreneurship, finance, management, and hospitality as they competed in both role play and written plan events. During the first day students competed in preliminary role-play events where they had a chance to think on their feet as they had ten minutes to solve a problem and present their solutions to a judge. Students also took a coordinating exam that tested their knowledge in their chosen event.
The second day of the conference kicked off with the Preliminary Awards Session where the top twenty were announced in each role-play category. Throughout the rest of the day students competed in final role-play competitions and also had the opportunity to compete in written event competitions. These written events are composed of 11 to 35 page business plans that must be completed one week prior to the Conference. Judges then reviewed the plans and listened to students’ presentations. Students who did not compete during the second day had the opportunity to visit the conference exhibits where they met with college representatives, state officer candidates, and local businesses.
The conference finished with the Grand Awards Session where the top ten finalists and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners were announced and received awards on stage. On April 23-28, 2013, these finalists will join 16,000 other students in Anaheim California to compete in the DECA International Career Development Conference. During the Grand Awards, the 2013-2014 Utah DECA State Officer Team and President were announced and several DECA chapter advisors were recognized for their dedicated service and contributions to marketing education and Utah DECA .
The 2013 Utah DECA State Conference was a great success thanks to lots of hard work and preparation from students, advisors, volunteers, and educational directors. Thank you for your continued support and best of luck to our national qualifiers!