ROSELLE, NJ - After successfully competing at the state competition in Atlantic City, the Abraham Clark High School DECA Chapter has earned the right to attend the International Career and Development Conference in Atlanta, GA from April 21-24.
“This is an incredible opportunity for these students and a great source of pride for the community of Roselle. Unfortunately, our students cannot afford to go without a lot of help,” said the clubs Advisor Ryan Norwood.
Norwood says, they are fundraising at school for the whole month but they will need a lot of additional support in order to raise the $11,500 target that they must reach by the end of March. The money will go towards airfare, lodging, meal, event, and registration costs for the students and two chaperones to attend.
The DECA chapter, in its second year, has now grown to 50 students and 20 community professionals.
“I have the honor of advising some of the most engaged, positive students in the country. This is our second year as a chapter and it has been immensely successful by any measure,” said Norwood.
DECA is a co-curricular organization that helps prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.
Over the course of the year, students raised over $900 to support the Bridge of Books Foundation, planned and executed numerous fundraisers, helped improve school spirit by running the RamNation School Store, and thrived at business competitions at Kean University and in Atlantic City.
“Attending this conference would be a dream come true for our students. The conference will help our chapter grow stronger for next year as many of our attendees will be underclassmen who will attend a leadership development academy while there. One of our students will even be competing on behalf of the entire state of New Jersey against top competitors from across the world,” said Norwood.
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