As part of Infinite Energy’s passion for education, our employees get a chance to volunteer at schools in the communities we serve.
This week, six employees volunteered as judges at the Distributive Educational Club of America showcase (DECA) at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Florida.
The club, which has 200,000 high school members across the U.S., seeks to guide future leaders and business starters. It focuses on marketing, finance, hospitality and management. The competition measures students’ abilities to come up with and present ideas for projects. Eighty-seven students took part this year. They pitched ideas to judges in categories like community service, business research and fashion merchandising.
We wanted to know more, so we caught up with our own Hillary T., fresh back from helping judge DECA competitors.
Did you do anything like this as a child? If so, what did you take away from the experience?
I competed in DECA competitions when I was in high school. One year, we ended up winning first place at the regional and state level. The writing, research and public speaking skills required helped prepare me for college and a career.
Why is it important that adults volunteer for these types of events?
Adults have experiences, both good and bad, that can better the development of students. Learning one small thing can be enough to stave off a negative experience. To me, that makes it all worth it.
What was your favorite presentation this week?
One group’s project was to expand a local charity. I enjoyed this group because of the students’ passion and excitement behind the presentation. They raised over $8,000 for their charity in one year with the plan they put in place. It’s not every day you see such young people so passionate about the community.
To you, what was the best thing about this showcase?
The best thing was how prepared and thorough all of the projects were. The students worked hard and took this project seriously. And they were interested in feedback given in order to make their projects better. I was blown away by their advanced grasp of business concepts.