WDHS business club suits up for international success

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

They may not be ready to apply for The Apprentice yet, but the students who form Waterdown District High School's DECA Club are about to take the business world by storm. Four of its members have advanced through the ranks to compete on the international stage, in Dallas, Texas this spring.

The finalists will attend a convention with 12,000 other students from around the globe. Each got there by placing fifth or higher in their category at the Ontario championship, held last month in Toronto. They competed individually against 4,500 other students, from 100 Ontario schools.

The DECA club is a group of entrepreneurial students with a passion for marketing and problem solving. The club meets once a week to be coached by a half dozen teacher advisors on the basics of business practice, including law, economics, marketing and codes of conduct.

"It's more of an academic extracurricular," said Jenna Rak, Grade 11 and president of the WDHS DECA chapter. "It's one that keeps you up to 1 a.m. studying."

She's one of the finalists heading to Dallas from WDHS, where she'll compete in the Marketing Management category. Her teammates for the trip will be Laura Sharp, Grade 9, Jessica Cole, Grade 11, and returning graduate Kevin Brown.

Sharp is heading to Dallas through a new category sponsored by HBC. She'll be attending as a leadership student; although she won't participate in the competition, she'll attend workshops and other events, to brush up on her skills for future competitions. She placed first in Ontario, winning both a ticket to Dallas, and Team Canada clothing from the upcoming Torino Olympics. Cole placed fourth in the Apparel and Accessories Marketing category, and Brown also placed fourth, in the Quick-Serve Restaurant category.

Now they join a team of nearly 300 students from across Canada, who will be attending the international conference.

"This is a huge event," said Rak, who attended the Internationals in California last year, as a leadership student. "You have no idea how big this event is."

DECA itself is a massive organization; at 51 members, WDHS has one of the smaller clubs in the area. More than 10 per cent of the student population is a member at Sir John A. MacDonald High School in Hamilton.

"For some schools, it's like their football team," said Rak, who's pleased with the level of diversity in her school's club. "In some schools, you see them, and they've got their business suits and their briefcases and their laptops. But it's much more diverse here."

Most members belong to a wide variety of clubs, from sports teams, to the debate club. "Just between Kevin (Brown) and I, we probably played on 20 different sports teams last year," she added.

Winning the provincials is just the first step on the road to Dallas. The trip will cost the students roughly $7,000 total. They've asked local service clubs for help with the costs, and will hold a raffle later this month for Warrior Wear.

Although the financial burden is weighing on their minds now, all are looking forward to the spectacle of the convention, which usually boasts a party, complete with laser shows, to greet the guests.

Team Canada always puts in a worthy performance - all 300 arrive in identical outfits, including white shirts, and matching hats and ties.

"People are really impressed when they see us coming off the bus," said Rak.

But once the show is over, it's down to business. Each competitor is judged individually. They're given a business challenge, and 10 minutes to dream up a solution. Their answers are judged on both content and presentation, by some of North America's top business leaders. Brown recently discovered that the owner of Lick's was his judge in the provincials.

Anyone hoping to help out the team can participate in their fundraiser by calling WDHS at 905-689-6692.

WDHS business club suits up for international success

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

They may not be ready to apply for The Apprentice yet, but the students who form Waterdown District High School's DECA Club are about to take the business world by storm. Four of its members have advanced through the ranks to compete on the international stage, in Dallas, Texas this spring.

The finalists will attend a convention with 12,000 other students from around the globe. Each got there by placing fifth or higher in their category at the Ontario championship, held last month in Toronto. They competed individually against 4,500 other students, from 100 Ontario schools.

The DECA club is a group of entrepreneurial students with a passion for marketing and problem solving. The club meets once a week to be coached by a half dozen teacher advisors on the basics of business practice, including law, economics, marketing and codes of conduct.

"It's more of an academic extracurricular," said Jenna Rak, Grade 11 and president of the WDHS DECA chapter. "It's one that keeps you up to 1 a.m. studying."

She's one of the finalists heading to Dallas from WDHS, where she'll compete in the Marketing Management category. Her teammates for the trip will be Laura Sharp, Grade 9, Jessica Cole, Grade 11, and returning graduate Kevin Brown.

Sharp is heading to Dallas through a new category sponsored by HBC. She'll be attending as a leadership student; although she won't participate in the competition, she'll attend workshops and other events, to brush up on her skills for future competitions. She placed first in Ontario, winning both a ticket to Dallas, and Team Canada clothing from the upcoming Torino Olympics. Cole placed fourth in the Apparel and Accessories Marketing category, and Brown also placed fourth, in the Quick-Serve Restaurant category.

Now they join a team of nearly 300 students from across Canada, who will be attending the international conference.

"This is a huge event," said Rak, who attended the Internationals in California last year, as a leadership student. "You have no idea how big this event is."

DECA itself is a massive organization; at 51 members, WDHS has one of the smaller clubs in the area. More than 10 per cent of the student population is a member at Sir John A. MacDonald High School in Hamilton.

"For some schools, it's like their football team," said Rak, who's pleased with the level of diversity in her school's club. "In some schools, you see them, and they've got their business suits and their briefcases and their laptops. But it's much more diverse here."

Most members belong to a wide variety of clubs, from sports teams, to the debate club. "Just between Kevin (Brown) and I, we probably played on 20 different sports teams last year," she added.

Winning the provincials is just the first step on the road to Dallas. The trip will cost the students roughly $7,000 total. They've asked local service clubs for help with the costs, and will hold a raffle later this month for Warrior Wear.

Although the financial burden is weighing on their minds now, all are looking forward to the spectacle of the convention, which usually boasts a party, complete with laser shows, to greet the guests.

Team Canada always puts in a worthy performance - all 300 arrive in identical outfits, including white shirts, and matching hats and ties.

"People are really impressed when they see us coming off the bus," said Rak.

But once the show is over, it's down to business. Each competitor is judged individually. They're given a business challenge, and 10 minutes to dream up a solution. Their answers are judged on both content and presentation, by some of North America's top business leaders. Brown recently discovered that the owner of Lick's was his judge in the provincials.

Anyone hoping to help out the team can participate in their fundraiser by calling WDHS at 905-689-6692.

WDHS business club suits up for international success

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

They may not be ready to apply for The Apprentice yet, but the students who form Waterdown District High School's DECA Club are about to take the business world by storm. Four of its members have advanced through the ranks to compete on the international stage, in Dallas, Texas this spring.

The finalists will attend a convention with 12,000 other students from around the globe. Each got there by placing fifth or higher in their category at the Ontario championship, held last month in Toronto. They competed individually against 4,500 other students, from 100 Ontario schools.

The DECA club is a group of entrepreneurial students with a passion for marketing and problem solving. The club meets once a week to be coached by a half dozen teacher advisors on the basics of business practice, including law, economics, marketing and codes of conduct.

"It's more of an academic extracurricular," said Jenna Rak, Grade 11 and president of the WDHS DECA chapter. "It's one that keeps you up to 1 a.m. studying."

She's one of the finalists heading to Dallas from WDHS, where she'll compete in the Marketing Management category. Her teammates for the trip will be Laura Sharp, Grade 9, Jessica Cole, Grade 11, and returning graduate Kevin Brown.

Sharp is heading to Dallas through a new category sponsored by HBC. She'll be attending as a leadership student; although she won't participate in the competition, she'll attend workshops and other events, to brush up on her skills for future competitions. She placed first in Ontario, winning both a ticket to Dallas, and Team Canada clothing from the upcoming Torino Olympics. Cole placed fourth in the Apparel and Accessories Marketing category, and Brown also placed fourth, in the Quick-Serve Restaurant category.

Now they join a team of nearly 300 students from across Canada, who will be attending the international conference.

"This is a huge event," said Rak, who attended the Internationals in California last year, as a leadership student. "You have no idea how big this event is."

DECA itself is a massive organization; at 51 members, WDHS has one of the smaller clubs in the area. More than 10 per cent of the student population is a member at Sir John A. MacDonald High School in Hamilton.

"For some schools, it's like their football team," said Rak, who's pleased with the level of diversity in her school's club. "In some schools, you see them, and they've got their business suits and their briefcases and their laptops. But it's much more diverse here."

Most members belong to a wide variety of clubs, from sports teams, to the debate club. "Just between Kevin (Brown) and I, we probably played on 20 different sports teams last year," she added.

Winning the provincials is just the first step on the road to Dallas. The trip will cost the students roughly $7,000 total. They've asked local service clubs for help with the costs, and will hold a raffle later this month for Warrior Wear.

Although the financial burden is weighing on their minds now, all are looking forward to the spectacle of the convention, which usually boasts a party, complete with laser shows, to greet the guests.

Team Canada always puts in a worthy performance - all 300 arrive in identical outfits, including white shirts, and matching hats and ties.

"People are really impressed when they see us coming off the bus," said Rak.

But once the show is over, it's down to business. Each competitor is judged individually. They're given a business challenge, and 10 minutes to dream up a solution. Their answers are judged on both content and presentation, by some of North America's top business leaders. Brown recently discovered that the owner of Lick's was his judge in the provincials.

Anyone hoping to help out the team can participate in their fundraiser by calling WDHS at 905-689-6692.