DECA starts, but with a new look


Designed by Lauryn Bateman

OHS DECA team ready for action!

Lauryn Bateman, Writer

COVID-19 is not stopping the OHS DECA team. Change is something everybody is going through right now and change is hard, but the DECA team is not letting change hinder their spirits. Normally, the DECA members would travel to competitions, but unfortunately this year, they are unable to compete in person. The solution is virtual competitions. Their first competition will be District 1 Career Development Conference, which will take place on Wednesday Jan. 13.

The District 1 Conference consists of DECA Chapters from Austin, Faribault, Mankato West and East, Owatonna, Pine Island, Sibley East, Waseca, Kasson-Mantorville and Northfield High Schools. Over 250 members will participate. This conference will be sponsored by Owatonna’s Hometown Credit Union. Most of the competitions will be online that day, but will have a few pre recorded presentations. 

DECA helps students understand more of the business world and gets them started to finding the right career path. Head director Mr. Scott Pierce said, “I enjoy running the DECA team because I see the value the kids get from being a part of it. They get a real world look at careers in business and it helps kids improve their communication skills in ways that are hard to do in a classroom.” Fortunately for Mr. Pierce, he is still able to work with the students and help them with their marketing, communication, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. They have only had two meetings so far and students are still allowed to join if they are interested. They also have had to make many adjustments for this year. They are looking forward to hopefully being able to travel to the Nationals Conference in Anaheim later in 2021. 

The DECA members are looking forward to a new season, no matter the circumstances. Chapter President senior Lexi Ringhofer says, “I’m looking forward to hopefully having some normality within our life, because so many other aspects are affected a lot by COVID.” Thankfully, the DECA team, like most sports teams and school activities, are able to continue with their seasons. It might not be how they expected or wanted it to be but they are hopeful for a positive outcome. Senior Sabella Maas, one of several DECA Officers added, “We will all work together to strengthen our skills and overcome any obstacles that come our way!” COVID-19 or not, this team appears to be ready to face any new challenges as a community, looking forward to establishing connections and making it a year they will never forget.