Inaugural DECA chapter heads to provincial competition

Trinity College School’s inaugural DECA chapter enjoyed participating along with more than 7,500 of their peers in the Ontario Provincial Competition, February 9th to 11th at the Toronto Sheraton Centre.

The goal of DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in the areas of hospitality, marketing, law, finance and management, in high schools across Ontario. There are currently more than 12,000 student members at 258 chapters across the province. At TCS, the new club provides breadth to students’ education, helps them to build meaningful relationships across grades and exposes them to different fields of business that could inspire future career paths.

Over the course of the year, DECA hosts conferences and competitions designed to instill professionalism and giving young people the chance to respond to authentic business cases and market demands.

Six TCS students qualified for team decision-making competitions at the provincial event: Geoffrey Baxter and Colin Pecka in “Buying and Merchandising”; Tyler Lawson and Malcolm MacArthur in “Travel and Tourism”; and Drew Lerikos and Cole Moorcroft in “Business Law and Ethics.” Unfortunately, Drew and Cole were unable to compete due to personal commitments, but our four representatives had a great time both competing and seeing a bit of the city. While none of the TCS teams qualified to move on to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in California, they worked hard and showed exemplary leadership, making TCS very proud.

Given the great success of the new TCS DECA chapter this year, the club is now accepting new members who will continue building their business-related knowledge and skills in order to prepare for the upcoming DECA competitions during the 2017-2018 academic year.

- By Mr. Peter Mao, DECA faculty advisor