DECA Sends 12 Competitors to ICDC
American High School’s DECA team competed in the International Career and Development Conference (ICDC) in Atlanta, Georgia from May 2 to 7. The ICDC conference included competitions for the different categories (marketing, finance, etc.) and also had motivational speakers and real life business leaders share their experiences and advice.
“Last year was the first time American sent a delegation to the International Career Development Conference, and two of our members competed on the international level,” former DECA president and senior Revati Kapshikar said. “This year that number became twelve. The amount of dedication and teamwork to get DECA to the level where we could compete at ICDC this year was immense.”
While DECA succeeded in sending more members to the international level, the team members were only able to compete in the first round.
“Since it is only our second year at ICDC, I feel like we were a little taken aback by the intensity of the competition and what it takes to win it all,” current president Rahul Makhijani (11) said. “Two members of our chapter, Rishi Bhuptani and Priya Jupudi, were recognized for Top 10 testing in their events, but no team or individual from American moved on to the next round.”
Despite the team not performing as well as they had hoped, students cited the experience as both educational and fun.
“We got to go to Atlanta for an entire week and had some free time to explore the city together,” senior Ramola Baviskar said. “We also got to learn about entrepreneurship, marketing, and skills from the real business world.”
On top of bonding with members of the team, students were also able to make connections with other competitors from around the globe.
“It was a great experience because I got to meet people from literally all over the world: China, Spain, and all over the US,” junior Katherine Cui said. “I liked that we were also able to show spirit and pride in representing American High School, as well as all of California.”
With their second ICDC competition past them, DECA members look forward to recruiting new people and getting further in next year’s competitions.
“DECA teaches so many real life skills that will be necessary in the future,” Makhijani said. “All in all, I’ve never met a DECA member who went to a conference and did not have the time of their lives. I hope that next year, we can get even more people involved in DECA and increase the number of people who qualify to compete in ICDC.”