On Friday, November 10, 2017, members of Turner Ashby DECA competed at the district leadership conference at the Valley Mall. Everyone did a great job and represented TA in a professional manner! Hannah Hirtriter won two 1st place medals- one in retail marketing and the other in Business Service marketing. Patrick Ritchie scored a hat-trick and won all three of his events. He placed first in marketing communications, accounting applications and human resources. Next DECA will compete at the state leadership conference in Virginia Beach in March. Way to go TA DECA!
DECA would like to say a huge Thank You to everyone that donated shoes for Soles for Souls in the Valley shoe drive! It was a close race, but Ms. Dulaney’s 7th period won the class contest and will have a pizza party provided to them by DECA. TA is such a special place to be and because of you, Turner Ashby, we are able to provide 797 pairs of shoes to those who need them this winter! Can we get to 1000? Bring shoes to room 104 by 5th period tomorrow. Today during 7th period club we will take the shoes outside to see if they will wrap around our track!
DECA is a Career and Technical Student Organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. While the mission of this co-curricular organization is to provide opportunities for students to become college and career ready, during the holiday season Turner Ashby DECA focuses on the importance of giving back to the community through its annual “Angel Tree Project.”
This year, under the leadership of Natalie Helmick, the DECA Vice President of Civic Consciousness; Katrina Martin, a senior DECA member; and DECA Advisor, Melissa Talley, the students, faculty, and community of Turner Ashby High School rallied to sponsor 200 children in the Harrisonburg/ Rockingham County area that needed items such as coats, shoes, toys, and personal hygiene items. On December 2, 2015 the Marketing classroom was transformed into “Santa’s Workshop” in an effort to wrap, label, and organize more than 600 gifts for the children. On December 4, 2015, eighteen Turner Ashby students and four teachers transported the gifts to Harrisonburg/ Rockingham Department of Social Services using two school busses.
In addition to providing gifts for the children, DECA also collected an estimated $1,500 worth of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items that will benefit local elderly citizens in need. In total, more than 360 hours of service to the community were performed by Turner Ashby students to make this school-wide project such a success.
“It’s been a rewarding experience. I was very proud of the response from our school and community with how much time and effort they put into this project. Everyone rallied behind such a great cause. Definitely a life learning experience,” Helmick said while looking back at the project’s success.
Angel Tree Project (3D version of picture above)
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