On Thursday evening, October 13, 2016, students from the Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) held their Officer/Member Installation/Initiation Ceremony. These students are under the guidance of Mrs. Lisa Skinner at Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center (STCTC).  Arthur Northrop, Director of STCTC welcomed everyone in attendance and gave an introduction and overview of the Strom Thurmond DECA Chapter. Each officer elect told the audience about DECA and a valuable piece of information about DECA. They shared:  What DECA is, Why join DECA?, DECA’s Mission Statement, DECA’s Guiding Principles, DECA’s 2016-2017 Theme, The Official Magazine of DECA, DECA’s Colors and Symbol, Divisions of DECA, DECA month, as well as about Conferences and Competitions. “The chapter here has been inactive for almost 20 years so we are the first group of DECA officers to be installed for STCTC in quite some time. This is an honor for us so we feel like we are setting the standard and expectations for our organization for years to come,” expressed Miss Rachel Simpkins, DECA officer.


The candle lighting ceremony and member oath was followed by a reception. During the reception, a slideshow displayed pictures from many of the activities the DECA members have been involved in over the past several months through teamwork and collaboration. Collaboration is one of ECSD’s (Edgefield County School District) characteristics of a “World Class Citizen.” ECSD is focused on ensuring its graduates are prepared for success by focusing on the skills needed by business and industry. In attendance was, Dr. Robert Maddox, Superintendent of ECSD, Mr. Arthur Northrop, Director of STCTC, Mrs. Lisa Skinner, Strom Thurmond DECA Advisor, DECA Officers, Members and Parents.


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Back Row L to R: Josh Wates and Jada Walker

Front Row L to R: Rachel Simpkins, Beth Verdery, Madelyn Wise, Maggie Massey, Tucker Bledsoe, Emily Cleveland, Garrett Elkins, Skydasia Luchie and Kirsti Smith. Officer not pictured: Carrie Herlong