Congrats to UCEC DECA club on their accomplishments at the NC DECA State Career Conference. Over 3200 students from across the state participated in the competitive events. Our DECA club had 2 state winners who are now invited to the International Career Conference. They were Spencer Ellis , who placed 2nd in the state in his event of Principles of Finance and Sarah Wienecke, who placed 3rd in the state in her event of Principles of Business and Administration. 100% of all UCEC DECA members were honored and recognized for achieving proficient status. This means each member in their competitive event scored higher then a 70%. All their hard work and preparation for their events paid off. This is an amazing accomplishment since it was UCEC’s first year and the fact they we don’t offer business courses here on the high school side. In addition, DECA members who took the Hospitality and Tourism Cluster Exam at the state conference and scored at least 70% are eligible for American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute Certification in Guest Services Professionalism. The two UCEC DECA members who earned this are Ezequiel Rivera and Sara Sawyers Congrats to all. This was an amazing trip and a great way to show the state and the world we are serious about our careers! A special thank you to Mrs. Bell and Mrs. Coppedge for attending the conference with our DECA adviser Miss Schmitt.
On Friday, February 24th and Monday, February 27th, Mrs. Pharr’s Leadership Class had an amazing opportunity to go to two elementary schools and promote reading. Third grade classes throughout Union County Public Schools are excited to read during the Books and Brackets challenge. Leadership students were able to encourage third graders at Hemby Bridge and Stallings Elementary schools. Coinciding with college basketball’s “March Madness,” third grade classes are involved in a county-wide competition to see which class can read the most during the month of March. The classes are all entered in a bracket, thus the name “Books and Brackets,” and depending on their performance, different classes are eliminated until a winner is chosen. It was great for the Leadership class to set a positive example for the kids. They went to different third grade classes and read books that stressed the importance of being kind and considerate to others, so it was a good way to demonstrate to the elementary students that positive messages can coincide with fun pastimes. Even more than that, students were able to talk with each class about why it’s important to consider other people’s feelings and do nice things for each other.
UCEC’s DECA club held a pet food and supplies drive to support Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Animal Sanctuary located throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. Brother Wolf provides the resources and life-saving programs to build a No-Kill communities. As a grassroots organization, Brother Wolf operates adoption centers that are open to the public 365 days a year making it easy to adopt, volunteer, and become involved with their No-Kill mission. Recently, Brother Wolf traveled throughout North and South Carolina helping our furry friends during the flooding of Hurricane Matthew. DECA held this drive for their community service competition project.