Harker DECA attends Silicon Valley conference, second conference of 2019-2020 season


Emily Tan

Clarice Wang (10) and Melody Luo (10) chat about past experiences at DECA conferences while waiting for the opening ceremony to start last Friday evening.

by Emily Tan, Asst. Features Editor

After months of preparation, 116 upper school students, accompanied by 8 faculty chaperones, competed at this year’s Silicon Valley District Career Development Conference (SVCDC) at the Santa Clara Marriott from Friday to Sunday. Harker DECA faced off chapters from high schools all around Silicon Valley. 

After arriving at the hotel and completing their respective written tests Friday afternoon, all attendees gathered for the Grand Opening Session before retiring to their hotel rooms. The next day on Saturday, DECA members competed in their roleplay or team decision-making events and presented their written events; students ended the day with a fun-packed evening at the DECA Game Night. 

On Sunday morning, the last day of the conference, all attendees gathered once again for breakfast and both the mini and grand award sessions. An estimated 60 teams ranging from one to three members from the Harker DECA chapter placed as the top 10 finalists in their events during the grand award ceremony. Under 30 Harker teams won first, second, or third in their events, receiving a small glass plaque. 

“I think everyone did extremely well, and it’s very nerve-wracking going into your first conference but all the freshmen handled it so professionally and I thought they all did an amazing job,” Harker DECA mentor and attendee Radhika Jain (12) said. “Just being there as a senior, it was really nice to see everything come [a] full-circle.”