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Hall DECA Recognized for THRIVE Level Chapter Campaigns

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The DECA chapter at West Hartford’s Hall High School will receive a commendation at the organization’s annual conference.


Hall DECA was among 324 chapters that achieved THRIVE level recognition this year and will be commended at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) to be held virtually April 19-23.

Each fall, DECA offers four campaigns for chapters to complete as part of their program of leadership for the year. These campaigns are designed to grow membership engagement and build lasting partnerships within the school and local community.

Chapters that achieve THRIVE level receive a commemorative pennant, flag, and plaque. The chapters also have an opportunity to participate in ICDC.

In order to receive THRIVE level recognition, the chapter completed two out of three chapter campaigns including the Global Entrepreneurship Week campaign, promotional campaign, and community service campaign. Alternatively, the chapter could have participated in the membership campaign which challenged the chapter to attain two of three goals: recruit 20 professional members, recruit 20 alumni members, or increase student membership by 20 more members from the previous school year.

The Hall DECA members who contributed to the THRIVE recognition were Kylie Sejerman, Abhinav Aitha, Grace Samuel, Elizabeth Karim, Jacob Bernstein, Olivia Landino, Leo Vasquez-Cruz, and Tina Chen, with the assistance of their advisor, Carlie Dailey.

Campaigns completed include the promotional campaign and community service campaign. DECA members promoted the benefits of the club to the school population through participation in the club’s fair, creating a social media presence, and sharing alumni success stories. The community service campaign included organizing Hall’s first Holiday Helpers program – providing 15 families (including 33 children) with gift cards for groceries and toys during the holiday season totaling $2,500.

“DECA is more than just a club, it’s an organization that effectively prepares today’s youth for the future. My experience in the organization has helped me gain valuable real world experience, networking skills, and opportunities to give back to the community,” said Abhinav Aitha, Hall DECA president 2020-2021.

About DECA Inc.

DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs who are interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. DECA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with more than 225,000 members in 4,000 high school and college chapters in all 50 United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany.

For more information about DECA, visit the website.

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