Minnesota DECA Takes On The Big Apple

Ashley Purcell | Minnesota DECA
Photo courtesy of @ElkRiverDECA on Twitter.

New York is truly a city of lights to a group of Minnesota DECA members from Elk River High School and Rogers High School.

At the beginning of this month, these chapter members and their advisors hopped on a plane to attend DECA’s New York Experience conference.

Photo courtesy of @Rogers_DECA on Twitter.

During their time at #DECANYC they:

  • Went ice skating in Bryant Park
  • Visited the Financial District
  • Toured the Empire State Building
  • Learned fashion sense at the very first Macy’s store
  • Attended the Rockette’s performance at Radio City Musical Hall
  • Went on carriage rides through Central Park
  • Saw a Blue Man Group show
  • Visited Trump Tower
  • Toured Madison Square Garden
  • Toured NBC Studios
  • Visited the Statue of Liberty
  • Went to the 9/11 Memorial

Members also had experiences they wouldn’t find in the midwest such as riding the subway, negotiating with salesmen and meeting top notch executives and famous designers.

Many people wonder, “Is New York just like it is in the movies?” McKade Poirier from Rogers DECA said. “It is similar to the movies, but when you’re actually there it’s sort of surreal.” Poirier and his chapter were lucky enough to see a coaches and a few players from the New York Rangers hockey team on their tour of Madison Square Garden!

Elk River DECA’s Kaitlyn Dhooge said her favorite part was touring NBC studios. “Seeing the studios showed you how important it is to be prepared and thorough,” Dhooge said. She also said she enjoyed this because she can implement this mindset into her DECA projects and her future career.

Everyone’s experience was unique, and no one could ever forget this trip. From the street vendors, students learned how to bargain. From small businesses owners, DECA members found the appreciation of a cheap meal. From visiting Tiffany & Co., besides the importance of saving your money, they learned how a prestige brand can incorporate its branding into everything it produces.

At the up and coming designers warehouse, students were shown where it all starts. They learned what is popular and how getting in with other big name brands can help increase brand awareness. Like all entrepreneurs, the goal is to be at the top.

DECA’s New York Experience gives members a taste of what that’s like! The trip built up members’ big business dreams and inspired them to keep striving for success.

This article was written by Minnesota DECA Vice President of Business & Industry, Ashley Purcell. You can follow Ashley and Minnesota DECA on Twitter @mndeca.

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