Anik Babul, a Grade 11 at TMS, won the gold medal at the International competition (ICDC). There were more than 18,000 participants from all over the world and in his category, Business Services Marketing, Anik, competed against more than 3,000 students.
DECA provides students with the opportunity to dive into the business world and take on its challenges as a professional would. The international conference/competition was held in Atlanta from April 20 to 26, with ceremonies held at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and competition at the Georgia World Congress Center. Over 18,000 students attended DECA’s International Career Development Conference, and my category of Business Services Marketing had just over 170 competitors.
These competitors are all those who have won at their respective state or provincial levels. In order to qualify for the international event, I won at the DECA Ontario Provincial Competition held in February. My event consisted of two role-play case presentations and a written exam, with the scores of these three components being combined to rank competitors by composite total. I was fortunate to win an award for giving a top-10 case presentation, and I advanced to the international finals through having one of the top 20 overall scores. I then competed in the finals by delivering one last case presentation, receiving a medal to signify my placement in the top 10 overall in my event worldwide.
My event, among others, focused on persuasion, wit and articulate presentation. Training and competing allowed me to greatly improve my creative and speaking abilities. Perhaps the best aspect of DECA is the people that you meet along the way — like-minded, fun individuals from around the world. Furthermore, there are great memories made with the fellow students who attend these events.