Reagan DECA Experiences Unprecedented Success

The School-Based Enterprise at Reagan was among 360 school-based enterprises in the United States achieving Gold Level Certification thanks to the work of Nataliya Gowan, Erina Varela, and Maria Jimenez, with the assistance of their advisor, Michelle Moore.

Submitted By Marcela Arreola

The School-Based Enterprise at Reagan High School was among 360 school-based enterprises in the United States achieving Gold Level Certification this year and will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California. The students who worked on the certification were Nataliya Gowan, Erina Varela, and Maria Jimenez, with the assistance of their advisor, Michelle Moore. The school-based enterprise at Reagan High School has operated for 17 years and is to be commended for this achievement.

A school-based enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of the market. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum Standards in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality and Management. Marketing educators and DECA advisors have utilized this effective educational tool for over four decades to provide their students with realistic and practical learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction, enhance 21st century skill development, and prepare students for college and careers.

The Reagan High School DECA chapter also experienced unprecedented success at this year’s Annual State Career Development Conference & Competition on February 23-25. Reagan began its competition year with 77 students competing at the District Level. Of those 77 students, 59 advanced to the State Competition held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The 59 students competed in various areas of Marketing, Finance, Hospitality, and Management in role-play competitions and prepared written events.

Reagan High School has consistently advanced two to four students from the State Competition to the International Competition each year for the last decade. This year, due to their exceptional work and preparedness, nine students will be advancing to the International Competition in Anaheim, California on April 26-30. The following students will move forward to compete for an International title: Reeda Virani (Advertising Campaign); Julianne Lefelhocz (Start-Up Business Plan); Sebastian Cohn (Personal Financial Literacy); Benjamin Farias (Sports & Entertainment Marketing); Arasha Lalani and Rhea Kamat (Community Service Project); and Nataliya Gowan, Maria Jimenez and Erina Varela (Student Based Enterprise). In addition to event winners, Reagan also had two students medal in their events: Karla Galbo (Apparel & Accessories Marketing) and Marianne Nader (Principles of Business Management).