St. Amant High DECA in full swing

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
St. Amant High School DECA officers from left to right: 
Starla Guerra, Kaitlyn Biri, Julian Guerrero, Xavier Foster, Scottye Cassard, Tyler Fontenot, Summer Armand, Morgan Bourgeois, Caitlyn Breaux.

Recently this year, the St. Amant High School DECA Chapter officers were elected among a variety of qualified students to fill highly demanding posts in this organization. After much deliberation and a process of essential analysis, results favoured Scottye Cassard as president as well as Tiffany Barker as vice-president. Among the other elected officers were Caitlyn Breaux, Kaitlyn Biri, Lillie Pasterick, Morgan Bourgeois, Saray Gamez, Starla Guerra, Julian Guerrero, Summer Armand, Taylor Alberes, Tyler Fontenot, and Xavier Foster. These individuals will be at the head of the organization and under the leadership of Cassard and Barker, who is also the Louisiana DECA Southern Region Vice-President. These officers will be the leading representatives of the St. Amant DECA chapter taking part in various events involving the community.

SCHOOL STORE: DECA members and Entrepreneurship students also run school based enterprise (school store) otherwise known as Gator Mania. Gator Mania employees are required to clock in at their scheduled shift and begin work. Gator Mania sells items such as school supplies, Gator Pride attire, electronic accessories, Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, and much more. The Gator Mania website can found at www.STASBE.weebly.com. Gator Mania employees in Each students in Mrs. Broussard’s entrepreneurship class will become customer service certified by the National Retail Federation and  School Based Entreprise certified as well. All will be paid for by MERA grant, the Marketing Education Retail Alliance. Entrepreneurship students will also be working on getting the school store Certified through writing an extensive business plan to turn in to DECA Incorporated for judging.

EVENTS: One of the events in which the officers have participated with tremendous effort is in the making of the DECA float for the homecoming parade. The fabrication of the float, which some DECA members have described as “top-of-the-line” carried the theme “DECA on Da’ Bayou,” and it involved elements that best represent one of the most culturally honored traditions of Southern Louisiana. Apart from this event, DECA members will be attending several conventions of which some of the most significant include FCEC, which will be taking place in Shreveport, and a very important convention taking place in New York City. For these, and many other events, DECA members will be raising funds as well as accepting donations from anyone interested in supporting this organization. 

DECA: DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high school and college.  Businesses interested in donating to DECA for students to attend the International Career Development Conference in New York City should contact Mrs. Broussard at Rae.Broussard@apsb.org and for any further information please feel free to visit the St. Amant High School DECA Chapter webpage www.stadeca.weebly.com