Cedarcrest High School students observe DECA Month

Cedarcrest High School's annual tradition of DECA Week expanded this year, making October DECA Month.

Among the group's activities in October, they named their officers for the coming year. They are: Taylor Fields, president; Ali Mahowald, vice-president of community service; Ashley Graves, vice-president of chapter involvement; Courtney Hoekstra, vice-president of communications; Connor Clancy, treasurer; Chelsea Henrickson, Janae Petrusha and Cassie Chriest, historians; and Hayley Epps, secretary.

During DECA MONTH members also: hosted a lunchtime BBQ for members and staff as part of a membership drive; participated in an all-district staff appreciation activity; held a scavenger hunt and raffle to increase DECA awareness; attended the DECA Fall Leadership Conference in Bellevue; listened to a presentation by sales professional Anna Smith and learned the tricks of the trade and the patience and persistence needed in the sales field; and  participated in merchandising activities at Duvall Safeway.

They also raised $3,800 for curriculum needs through a Red Apple Morley/MRZ fund-raiser.

DECA Member of the Month was Colleen Rumens, and Marketing Student of the Month was Ben Gunderson.

In upcoming months, look for marketing students and DECA members participating in activities at winter sporting events, promotion of activities involving the arts, area and state conferences and competition and numerous hands-on field studies.

To become involved in Marketing Education or DECA, contact advisor Marc Hillestad. Learn more about Cedarcrest High School at


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