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DECA member wins big at ICDC

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Enya Lu (9) steps forward to receive her medal after being called forward as an overall finalist in Principles of Finance. Later that evening, Enya earned first place, making Harker DECA history.

Enya Lu (9) steps forward to receive her medal after being called forward as an overall finalist in Principles of Finance. Later that evening, Enya earned first place, making Harker DECA history.

Alisa Su

Alisa Su

Enya Lu (9) steps forward to receive her medal after being called forward as an overall finalist in Principles of Finance. Later that evening, Enya earned first place, making Harker DECA history.

by Shania Wang, Reporter

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Twenty students and two advisors from the upper school’s DECA chapter traveled to the 2016 International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville, Tennessee, from April 22 to 27.

For the first time in chapter history, a member placed in a roleplay event. Freshman Enya Lu received first place in her competition, Principles of Finance.

“I was really surprised,” Enya said. “We all sat up on the third floor because we didn’t really think we’d make it [to the top 10,] and then they said my name, and we went running down to the first floor. It was really nerve-wracking, but in the end I was very happy, and it was very surprising.”

Enya also received first place at every competition she competed in, becoming the first person in California DECA to win in both written and roleplay events. In preparation for the competition, she completed past years’ tests and roleplays and studied her key performance indicators, which helped her in creating quality content during her actual presentation.

“I’m really proud of Enya since she’s someone who definitely has put in all the effort and definitely deserves to win,” said Riya Chandra (11), DECA Vice President of Operations. “She’s never really missed a study session or deadline with presenting to officers and is always motivated to do well. I think because of this, all of her effort paid off, and she’s the perfect model to show that hard work proves success in DECA. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do in the next three years.”

Enya hopes to be a part of DECA throughout her high school career and looks forward to future years. Next year, Enya will be a part of the DECA Officer Team as the Director of Roleplay Events.

Aside from Enya, the team of sophomores Dolan Dworak, Brandon Mo and Michael Sikand placed in the top 20 of the Independent Business Plan event.

The annual ICDC brings together nearly 18,000 high school DECA members from all over the world and acts as the last competitive conference of the DECA season. To qualify, students must place in the top four of their events at the States conference.

It’s the pinnacle event for DECA,” said Juston Glass, DECA advisor and director of business and entrepreneurship. “The best of the best come to the event from all over the country, and you get to have a great cultural experience going to a different part of the nation and also interacting with students from all over every state, especially from all over the world. There’s just a lot of energy around becoming an emerging leader and entrepreneur.”

This year, the upper school DECA chapter sent 14 students to compete in addition to six students that attended the Emerging Leaders Series. These attendees could expanded their involvement with DECA and improve their leadership skills through daily workshops and sessions.

Aside from competitions, students enjoyed the opportunities to meet students from all over the world and explore Nashville.

DECA anticipates to host next year’s ICDC in Anaheim, California, and 2018’s in Atlanta.

This piece was originally published in the pages of the Winged Post on May 4, 2016.

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