By Caleb Akpan | Journalism 1 Staff
On Saturday, Jan. 23, Distributive Educations Clubs of America, the Pearce marketing club, attended the District Career Development Conference at North Garland High School. This marketing competition would determine whether or not students moved on to the state level of competition in San Antonio.
Students competed in various forms of marketing competitions including hospitality, sports marketing, and job interview role-plays. Before district, students took exams covering their competition categories. Nineteen students competed for Pearce and each grade was represented except for the freshman class.
Arriving at North Garland High School in the early morning, students warmed up for their events and then went on to compete in classrooms around the school. Actual competition was done in about 45 minutes’ time, with 30 minutes to prepare and 15 to present to a judge in a one-on-one or one-on-two meeting. The scores given by the judges and student test scores would determine whether they moved onto state competition.
“Competition was pretty easy,” sophomore Devionne Johnson said. “It’s really not as bad as it sounds.” This sentiment was echoed by many of the relieved students that participated, from Pearce and other schools. Many were afraid of the competition role plays being very difficult, but most were able to get through without any issues.
At the end of the day, the awards ceremony announced which individuals and pairs would move onto state competition. Each of the winners received a plaque recognizing their accomplishment. All but one of the Pearce students who attended ended up moving onto state.
“My favorite part of district was getting up on stage to acknowledge my awesomeness,” junior Sam Tamplin joked. Sam said he thought the district event was”a lot of fun. “We grew together as a team and we learned a lot,” he said.
In addition to competing in the Hospitality and Tourism event, junior Nicholas Roman ran for District 11 DECA President. District 11 includes RISD and other districts in the area including Garland ISD for the purpose of DECA competition. The president’s job is to adequately represent the district and lead them in events, including any district competitions and social outings.
“Helping Nick out with his campaign was probably my favorite part of competition,” Devionne said. “It was a lot of fun,” Nick was the only Pearce student who ran in the election, but he was still able to be elected as Vice President of Membership and Community Service, beating out two other students.
Now the Mustangs move onto state competition. DECA sponsor Mrs. Lauren Koshkin said she was very proud of her students’ performance at district, but she hopes they work even harder to do well at state. Students will take a 100-question exam for next competition on Thursday, Feb. 11. The Mustangs will be competing in San Antonio from Thursday, Feb. 25, to Saturday, Feb. 27.