DECA is an international student marketing competition that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools around the globe.  Our  students compete in events that test their real-world skills and knowledge.  DECA is open to any Rockford High School student (grades 9-12) that is looking to prepare for life beyond high school, while having fun! From 2016 to 2017 Rockford DECA has seen 20 new members and increased its involvement in the DECA community!!


    Commitment: The commitment to be in DECA is what you make it. The “season” technically runs from January – April, HOWEVER prior to the January start date, there will be 1-2 meetings per month during the WIN schedule. If a student does not advance beyond the District level, they are done in January.


    As with most co-curricular activities, students will get out of it what they put into it.  Individual work/preparation will be key if they want to do well in competition. All chapter members want to prepare if they plan on advancing past districts. (This is completely doable. Last year we had 12 DECA members and 8 advanced to state)


    Meetings:  We will meet during WIN meeting time on Thursdays. Meetings are twice a month to discuss preparation for competition as well as collaborating with all chapter members. Fundraising for future competition will also be discussed. Students are to check the WIN time posters around the buildings or talk to other DECA members to know when meetings are planned. Members can come in on their own before/after school or during work time on Tuesdays or Thursdays to prepare individually.


    Meets:  There are only 3 competitions (and that’s only if students keep advancing by placing high enough in their competition.)   

    1. Districts:  The District meet is Wednesday, February 8th at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud. Students will miss 1 day of school for this meet.

    2. State Career Development Conference:  The State meet is in downtown Minneapolis on March 17th-21st. Participants only compete at state if they are the top 2-6 in Districts depending on your event.

    3. International Career Development Conference: Hosted in Anaheim California on April 26th-29th. Students would only compete at nationals if they are in the top 6 at State. Many of our students have their sights set on making it to ICDC this year and I can’t wait to see them make it happen!


    Participation: Students do not need to be in the DECA/School Store class to participate and vice versa (if you’re in the class you are not required to participate in competitions). Everyone who is a Rockford High School student is welcome to join DECA, it is a unique experience for every high school student and provides knowledge and learnings that can advance you into whichever career path you choose - even if it is not in business.



    • Students will need to pay their dues, which are $35 per student – students must pay dues in order to compete!

    • Conference fees:

      • Districts: No additional fees for this meet other than food money.

      • State: must pay for meals and possibly lodging.depending on fundraising ability.

      • Nationals: Will be visited if/when the time arises but be prepared to pay and/or fundraise for flight, food and lodging.


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  • Ryan Sparrman

    Email:  sparrmanr@rockford.k12.mn.us