From Den to Ice Cream Social: A DECA Story


Tayonna Henderson

This is a photo of the DECA Den that is open during all lunches

Tayonna Henderson, Reporter

DECA, also known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America, runs the DECA Den and also arranges many other events, such as an ice cream social for the incoming DECA members and for the THS boosters.

“DECA does a lot of work behind the scenes to help the student body. We run the DECA Den, which is a lot of fun.  I think the main reason I enjoy DECA is because it has pushed me to be a better individual all around. DECA has really pushed me out of my comfort zone and has taught me so many important skills that I use every day.  Most of all, I love DECA because it’s fun and I get to meet so many amazing people that without DECA I would have never met,” senior Ashley Jacobi said.

Jacobi has been in DECA for 2 years. She said she joined since many of her friends and classmates thrive in this program.

“They have had amazing experiences they got through this program,” Jacobi said.  

Every year DECA hosts an ice cream social event to help with the THS boosters.

“We do the ice cream social event every spring. We also help out the boosters by helping with the concession as needed we help student council (STUCO) and the National Honors Society (NHS),” Jacobi said.

Lots of the students that want to join the marking field or even be in businesses in general join DECA, according to DECA advisor Michael Oliva

“I wanted to get involved in the marketing field, and I just like businesses overall,” junior Gabe Hackman said.

Oliva has been teaching in the Wentzville School District for the past 22 years. Before he began teaching at THS he started out at Wentzville Holt High School.

“I love facilitating DECA; it allows my students to excel,” Oliva said.

To join DECA, students must be enrolled in a marketing class and pay a $15 enrollment fee.