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New DECA class added to next year’s curriculum

Dean of Studies Evan Barth announces the new DECA class that will be added to the 2013-2014 school curriculum. The class will teach marketing and business skills as well as prepare students for DECA competitions.

Cheering and clapping erupted throughout the gym during Monday’s school meeting as Dean of Studies Evan Barth announced a new addition to the 2013-2014 Course of Study: a DECA business class.

The DECA club is now expanding its boundaries to incorporate a fresh classroom aspect. As more students continue to display an interest in the business world, the administration has decided to offer a class that not only provides detailed information about marketing, finance, and management, but also prepares DECA members for competitive conferences.

“Part of the reason [for the new class] was that we needed a [teacher] that was more dedicated to DECA specifically,” Barth said.

Sophomore Savi Joshi, who plans on taking the class next year, believes that the class will proficiently train her for the annual DECA conferences.

“Well, I love going to DECA competitions, and I think this class would provide an opportunity to practice and strengthen my weaknesses so I’m ready for competition,” she said.

Barth emphasizes that the class does not focus solely on the competitive aspect of DECA. He hopes that the class will introduce novice entrepreneurs to the realm of marketing and expand the knowledge of those already interested in business.

“Harker has done well in all of the DECA competitions, so this class is not just about increasing our wins. It’s more about the business interests of the students and how we can help people in that way,” Barth said.

Due to scheduling conflicts, some students are opting out of the new course but are still planning to participate in the DECA conventions.

“I think it’s a great idea. It will definitely help Harker excel in upcoming conferences, but I am not planning to join it myself, because I do not have space in my schedule,” Dhanush Madabusi (9) said.

Although many students support the idea, some do not understand the need for a class in addition to the existing club.

“I’m not at all sad that I won’t be able to take the class next year, as I’d much rather take a different non credit elective, given that many students including myself have placed at DECA on their own, while other activities such as debate require taking the class in order to succeed,” Timothy Luong (12) said.

Interested students should contact Upper School Registrar Derek Kameda to incorporate the DECA class into their 2013-2014 school year schedules.

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Anokhi Saklecha, Winged Post Global Editor
Anokhi Saklecha (12) is the Global Editor for the Winged Post. She has been in the journalism program for the past three years. She loves the creativity, passion, and enthusiasm that go into reporting, and she hopes to combine journalism and medicine in her future profession. She is also a competitive dancer, a co-president of the Project Smile Club, and a hospital volunteer. In her free time, she enjoys watching Bollywood movies and hanging out with friends.