DECA Advisor: Jessica Frenchik
    Email Address: jfrenchik@scsmustangs.org                                                                                                                                                                        
    DECA Advisor: Jenna Naymik
    Email Address: jnaymik@scsmustangs.org                                                                                                                                                             
    DECA is an association of marketing students that encourages the development of business and leadership skills through academic conferences and competitions.  Each competition includes a written test over business and marketing information, as well as role-playing, and problem solving events.  Students are judged on the basis of their ability to develop and communicate sound, creative, and thorough solutions to the problem situations. 
    DECA's Mission Statement
    DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and marketing in high schools and colleges around the globe.
    DECA's Comprehensive Learning Program
    *Integrates into Classroom instruction
    *Applies Learning
    *Connects to Business
    *Promotes Competition
    DECA prepares the next generation to be
    *Academically Prepared
    *Community Oriented
    *Professionally Responsible
    *Experienced Leaders
    Competence * Innovation * Integrity * Teamwork
    The Strongsville High School DECA Chaper participates in several DECA competitions.  All students compete in the District DECA Competition, where they have the opportunity to qualify for the State DECA Conference.  The State DECA Conference is held each year in Columbus Ohio. 
    For a complete description of each of the DECA competitive events visit www.deca.org


    Founded in 1946, DECA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 185,000 high school members4,500 advisors, and 15,000 postsecondary collegiate division members around the worldThe student members of DECA are smart, dedicated individuals already actively involved in preparing for successful careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. 

    DECA members are experienced in workplace skills and are proven leaders within their peer groups and their neighborhood communities. The majority—generally juniors and seniors in high school—hold jobs, and a surprising percentage of members own their own businesses. Eighty-six percent of DECA members will pursue postsecondary education.

    DECA is not extracurricular. Rather, DECA is co-curricular and designed to be an integral part of the classroom instructional program.  DECA provides teachers and members with educational and leadership development activities to merge with the classroom instructional program, teaching the skills that a successful career in business requires. Working hand-in-hand with the educational and business communities, DECA’s goal is for its members to develop a “career success kit” to carry into their professional and personal lives after graduation, including

    • Occupational skills needed for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and entrepreneurship
    • Leadership skills
    • An understanding and appreciation of civic responsibility
    • Ethical behavior in personal and business relationships
    • An understanding of the role of our free enterprise system in the global economy

    To accomplish this, DECA uses on-the-job experience, chapter projects, and a competency based competitive events program in more than 35 specific occupational areas. These events emphasize academic and vocational excellence as building blocks for successful careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management, and demonstrate the direct relationship between DECA’s comprehensive education program and the real needs of business and industry.

    DECA emphasizes academic and career excellence and helps to demonstrate the all-important direct relationship between its comprehensive learning program and the real needs of business and industry. The organization is nonprofit, nonpolitical and totally student oriented. All chapters are self-supporting, with members paying local, state/provincial and national dues.  DECA is the only international student organization operating in the nation’s high schools that attracts leaders and entrepreneurs to the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

    The DECA chapter is to the marketing, finance, hospitality or management education program what a civic or professional organization is to a group of businesspeople. Chapter activities are recognized as a part of the total educational program because they develop leadership skills, professional attitudes, business competency, citizenship characteristics and social growth of the individual. These same activities serve the instructor as a teaching tool by creating student interest in all phases of the different target industries. DECA activities provide members with opportunities to serve in leadership roles, work in teams and receive local, state and international recognition.

    DECA's Competitive Events Program


    DECA’s competitive events program directly supports our mission. As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. DECA's flagship evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school.