Nevada DECA “GETS DECA” at WRLC 2011

On November 10, 2011, over 50 Nevada DECA delegates headed to San Diego, California to “GET DECA” at one of the biggest events of the DECA year - the Western Region Leadership Conference. WRLC 2011 brought over 1,250 DECA members from nearly all 14 Western Region associations, plus Texas, to the Town and Country Resort Hotel for three days of thrilling general sessions, insightful industry panels, exciting signature tours and more!

“WRLC was a lot of fun. It got me thinking about the future because of the entrepreneur [workshop] I attended,” said Garrett VanBuskirk, the Vice President of Desert Oasis DECA . “The workshop taught me how to create a successful business and be successful in life.” In addition to an entrepreneurship workshop, the conference featured workshops on finance and investing, leadership, marketing, sports and entertainment, technology, and chapter management facilitated by field experts such as Vice President of Ivy Funds Christopher Johnson, Accenture Communications Consultant Jonathan F. Block, and Rescue Social Change Group President Jeffrey Jordan.

The conference also offered a wide array of signature tours including San Diego Harbor Tours, the Disneyland Twilight Experience, and the Belmont Park Experience. Chapters who didn’t purchase signature tour packages were able to explore San Diego. A popular destination for WRLC delegates was Seaport Village, a 14 acre waterfront shopping, dining, and entertainment complex designed to look like a harbor side setting from a century ago.

Nevada DECA made some major accomplishments in San Diego, starting with competitive events. WRLC featured a competitive events program where students had the opportunity to take a real DECA written exam and then choose from different DECA role plays to compete for a chance to be recognized on stage at the Closing General Session.  The exam is one of the most difficult parts of DECA’s competitive events, but Sunrise Mountain DECA’s Bruce Gil still succeeded in achieving the second highest test score out of the 452 students who took the exam.

In addition, two Nevada DECA delegates, Garrett VanBuskirk from Desert Oasis DECA and Jessica Page from Chaparral DECA, were Emerging Leaders Assessment finalists.

Another major accomplishment was made by Aimee Gonzalez from Northwest CTA DECA. Aimee had the honor of singing the national anthem in front of the 1,250 DECA members and advisors in attendance at the General Opening Session, and she did an amazing job!

Nevada DECA State Officers Victoria Cana of Southwest CTA and Nathan Keith of Legacy High School were also featured in the conference's general sessions as they delivered speaking parts to the general delegation. In addition, Victoria was hand-selected to be one of the WRLC Social Media Interns, successfully completing an intensive training experience by a social media expert and creating much of the social media content featured during the event.

Finally, Nevada DECA’s State Director Curtis Haley was elected to be President-Elect of the Western Region Executive Committee at the conference. He will serve as the incoming president for the WREC and help coordinate affairs in the Western Region.

At the end of the conference, only one question remained: would you want to go to WRLC again next year? When asked this question, SWCTA DECA Parliamentarian Joanna Jospeh responded, “Of course I would want to go back! I’m looking forward to WRLC 2012 in Seattle next fall!”

To watch the WRLC flashback video on YouTube, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52m-YlWLaZE