Scott Tech marketing students tour NYC

Saturday, January 5, 2019
The Scott Tech DECA students at Madison Square Garden as part of the National DECA New York Experience. Pictured front row, from left, are: Brianna Mejia and Autumn Portillo, Monett; Kate Roberts, Cassville; Erin Reed, Crane; instructor Jill Fannin. Second row: Alison Schied, Berean Christian Academy; Gabriel Bailey, Pierce City; Jason Lopez, Monett; Skylar McKeever, Crane; Wes Merriman, Monett; Rebecca Merriman, Monett parent and chaperone. Back row: Nicholas Schied, Berean Christian Academy; Mike Schied, parent chaperone; and Hector Arreola, Monett. Contributed photo

DECA’s New York Experience offers insight at industry heart

Students from the Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett involved in DECA, a national association of marketing education students, explored marketing, finance, fashion, hospitality, and more on a year-end trip to New York City.

Ten Scott Tech students in Jill Fannin’s marketing program attended the DECA New York Experience. The trip, hosted by National DECA, was attended by over 10,000 other high school DECA students from around the United States.

“It was a once in a lifetime experience for everyone,” said Jill Fannin. “There is no better way to experience marketing than in the place where it all began. This experience has shown how many amazing opportunities there are for these students and hopefully will inspire their future career paths.”

Students from high schools in Monett, Pierce City, Cassville, Crane and Berean Christian Academy took part in the experience. DECA provided tours of fashion merchandising at Macy’s Department Store, sports marketing at Madison Square Garden, a behind-the-scenes look at NBC Studios, a tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Empire State Building, Wall Street and the financial district, a walk down Times Square to decipher a frenzy of innovative marketing messages, and more.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. With nearly a 70-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. The high school DECA Division currently has more than 200,000 members in 3,500 different chapters across 10 countries.