Students from Hunter Lane High School‘s Academy of Marketing and Business attended the DECA Sport & Entertainment Marketing Conference February 1–5, 2012 in Orlando, FL. DECA is an international organization that brings together teachers and students in business, finance, marketing, sales, customer service, entrepreneurship, and managing. DECA is one of ten Career and Technical Student Organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education. In this post, Allenia S. writes about her experiences attending the conference in Florida.
DECA is a high school marketing organization that helps students get a better understanding of the marketing and business fields. Within this organization, you learn about marketing strategies, business etiquette, and other business-related topics. It is a great organization for those who want to be business majors and gets you a step ahead before you enter college life.
One of the best and most exciting events I was able to participate in this year with DECA was a leadership conference in Orlando, Florida. During this conference, the members of DECA were given the privilege to listen to various speakers share their experiences and give knowledge about their career path. It was so interesting to listen to everything that goes into running a business. You’d be shocked to hear about all of the things that go on behind the scenes.
The entire trip was an outstanding learning experience. If I had the choice to do it all over again, I would. I highly recommend future marketing and/or business majors to be a part of this organization. DECA will bring out the best in you.
The five Academies of Hunters Lane High School give students access to a wide variety of real-world, hands-on learning opportunities. Students have the opportunity to pursue their interests in media, design, technology, healthcare, public service, hospitality, business, finance, and marketing.
Computer Simulation and Game Programming
Digital Arts and Design
Nossi College of Art
Music City Networks
Counseling & Mental Health
Therapeutic Emergency Services
Skyline Medical Center
Food and Beverage Services
Travel & Tourism
Nashville Convention Center
Middle Years Programme
Business Management: Ford PAS
Ambassadors Formalwear by Gilda
The Southwestern Company
Hello, my name is Lanse Ngo and I am a junior at Glencliff High School. I am in the Ford Academy of Business, which uses Ford PAS curriculum. Within my academy, we do simple things from team building activities to extravagant things such as job shadowing with many business professionals. I must admit my academy is not like any other academy, but I have to say it is the best. We have a unique learning environment. I realized this when I was in a meeting about my academy with CEOs from all over the city who are part of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s CEO Champions. There was an activity in the meeting, where we got to make decisions modeling real life situations. Even though the activity lasted about 20 minutes, I realized many things make our academy special. Rather than desks, we have round tables so we can interact with each other like many people do after they graduate. The teaching style is also totally different. Our teacher is like a facilitator in the classroom and gives us directions on how to do the project. Then, as a group, we learn and interpret things on our own as we progress through the project and apply it to the real world. My academy doesn’t only give us amazing opportunities, but we also have a major recycling project as our interdisciplinary plan. I am proud to be in the Ford Academy Business, not only because there are only two academies like this in the country, but also because I’ve learned many things that will help me in the future.
Over the summer, I got a chance to be in an internship with Meharry Medical College for health messaging. It lasted four weeks and there was a stipend after completing the internship. This was a life-changing experience. I learned so much from this internship and experienced things I would have never thought of in my life. It definitely prepared me for the future, especially because it was in a graduate college and I got to see the expectations of that environment. Not only did I learn many amazing things, but I got a chance to meet and work with five other students from Glencliff High School and six students from Whites Creek High School and interacted with college professors. I also got a chance to talk to someone who made history in the medical field, Dr. Levi Watkins, M.D. I would, with no doubt, take a chance to do this internship again if I could.
-Lanse N., Glencliff High School, Ford Academy of Business
My name is Dalton and I am a senior at Glencliff High School. I am a member of Glencliff’s Academy of Medical Science and Research and am proud to say that we are among the top academies at Glencliff, not only in academics, but also in service and passion. I am incalculably excited to see brilliant minds and compassionate hearts at work! The Academy of Medical Science and Research at Glencliff truly cares about the health of others and health risks that are effecting the local community. This year, our academy will be having a 5K to spread awareness on diabetes and diabetes research.
In the summer on 2011, I was chosen to represent Glencliff High School in an internship at Meharry Medical College. Health messaging and professionalism were the two key points assessed at the internship. The program lasted four weeks, and upon completing the internship, the students were paid a stipend. Six students from Glencliff and six students from Whites Creek High School took part in this internship, and we all shared memories that will last a lifetime. If not for my academy, Glencliff High School, and Meharry Medical College, I would not have had this life changing opportunity!