The fledgling Westmoreland County DECA chapter continues to make a stunning impression a year after its debut. Ray Eaton, one of Washington & Lee High School’s business and tech teachers, as well as the DECA club advisor, was on hand at this month’s Westmoreland County School Board meeting, along with DECA president Abigail Bennet and the rest of the DECA team, to present the board with just what the new club had accomplished, and they presented with great gusto.
“We hit the ground running with DECA practice starting on the second week of school, and each practice was usually for three or more hours per week,” Bennet explained, before going into what had convinced her to sign on to the club, “I enjoy DECA because it’s different and I love the effort that all of the girls put in. The amount of positivity and encouragement that this team provides is outstanding.
“As we move forward with DECA, we are also preparing ourselves for the real world,” she continued, “We just came back from Districts last Tuesday over at the Spotsylvania Towne Center, and did very well.”
So how well is very well? That would be Treasure Tate taking 2nd place in Business Service Marketing category’s role play and overall competition, while snagging 3rd place in the business management exam. Keyniya Washington, meanwhile, came from Fredericksburg with 3rd place in role play category for hotel and lodging management. This means that Westmoreland County’s DECA chapter was one of the few that had someone place in all three categories. Furthermore, all of the students performed well enough to make it to the State level of the completion, which will be on the last week in February.
Eaton spoke again afterwards, giving his thanks to the support that they received from Washington & Lee High School and the school district at large.
“These ladies work unbelievably hard,” he continued, “if you’ve seen Shark Tank, it’s a lot like that, but you get judged on it, and to have a student volunteer for more school work- they have to take this 100-question multiple choice business exam to be able to even go to these competitions, and they have to do it all over again for States. I cannot tell you how proud I am of the fact that the entire team will be going to Virginia Beach in February.”
DECA’s students being presented with their awards.