South Forsyth High School DECA, the school’s student organization for marketing, business, finance and hospitality, is proud to announce their renewed status as the “World’s Largest” DECA chapter. With over 5,000 chapters in 12 countries, DECA is one of the largest student organizations in the United States and exists to prepare “emerging leaders” for their future careers.
The title was awarded to South at the opening session of the 2016 International Career Development Conference. Held in Nashville this past month, ICDC is DECA’s premiere event of the school year, bringing together over 17,000 of the world’s best marketing students to test their skills in competition. South Forsyth brought 89 students to the conference, along with ten adult chaperones.
This is the seventh straight year SFHS DECA has brought the title home to their school in what is becoming a highly regarded tradition in the marketing hallways. This year’s membership campaign, which was entitled “The World’s Largest Chapter Never Stops Winning,” was directed by co-Vice Presidents of Membership Will Bradley and Katherine Gall. Will Bradley, a sophomore who also serves as a Georgia DECA state officer, described the moment South won the title as “exhilarating.”
“Nothing is better than watching your chapter get recognized for bringing together so many students, professionals, and alumni that all give so much to this organization,” Bradley said. “I never lose sight of the fact that just under twenty years ago, we had around ten members and one teacher. We never forget our humble beginnings.”