Notre Dame Students Qualify for 2018 DECA Provincial Competition!

DECA is the premier international business association for students in Ontario, Canada and worldwide. This year was the first year that Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Burlington sent a student team to compete at DECA Regionals.

The event was held at Iroquois Ridge High School in Oakville, with over 1,400 students competing in a variety of business categories.

We are proud to announce that 2 Notre Dame students, Arjun Snider and Emily Nobes, qualified for the 2018 provincial competition, to be held in Toronto. Emily finished Top 10 in the category of Apparel and Accessory Marketing, and Arjun won 1st overall in the Principles of Finance category. We wish Arjun and Emily the best of luck in their quest to make it to the international event in Atlanta!

Read the summary below about Emily Nobes' experience at DECA this year:

If you had asked me at the beginning of the year what DECA was, I wouldn’t have had an idea. Even as I walked into the first meeting, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you. I soon, however, learned what DECA was all about, a club that created a competitive business environment for high school students (or, as DECA calls us, “Emerging Leaders”). I decided that this club was for me. I entered myself in the Apparel and Accessory Marketing category. Before I knew it, I was writing the 100 question multiple choice marketing exam, then Notre Dame DECA was off to regionals on November 24th.

While the rest of our peers enjoyed their PA day, we made our way to Iroquois Ridge High School, setting up shop in the school cafeteria to get ready for the next 8 hours. My call time was 9:50 AM, but we were told to check in 30 minutes early. So at 9:20 I walked to my prep room, prepared to jump into action. Little did I know, I would be standing there for the better part of an hour waiting for my name to be called. Standing around gave me an opportunity to talk to my fellow competitors, which was both fun and helpful in the reduction of pre-competition anxiety.

Finally, they called my name and me and the 5 other students in my group entered the prep room. It was a lot less intimidating than I thought something with the name “prep room” would be. We were refreshed on the rules, and soon our 10 minutes to prepare ourselves to talk to the judges began.

My case study outlined a department store struggling to sell shoes, but seeing success in their dress and women’s athletics sales. They asked me to share my ideas to increase both shoe and dress/athletic sales in my role play. I tried my best to fit as many ideas and information as I could into the sheet of paper that I had and the minutes remaining before it was time to begin presenting. I was worried about not having enough material, but I ended up going over time in my role-play (oops). I greeted my judge, presented my ideas, answered my questions and left, feeling not great, but not terrible either. I really didn’t know what to expect when the awards came in the afternoon, but I knew that I had a few hours to kill before then.

That time gave me an opportunity to get to know my DECA team mates, who, before then, I had never really talked to. After a long conversation about aliens and skateboards, they called us into the gym for the individual event awards. My event, AAM, was first.

With each one of the top ten names that were called, my enthusiasm dimmed a little, so when the presenter called my name, I was a bit shocked, but mostly excited.

After fighting my way through the bleacher crowd and shaking the presenters’ hands, I walked back to my seat with a huge smile on my face. For something that I had signed up for on a whim, I never imagined that I would have enjoyed it so much and had an outcome such as this. So, while at times it was stressful, I can’t wait to do it again this year at provincials, and for the next years to come.


 

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