Game Changer Spanish River DECA Places Top 10 In International Conference

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Staff report

The Spanish River High School DECA team placed top 10 in the world during the International Career Development Conference in Orlando.

The team competed against 150 other projects.

This year, the team’s project “Ready, Set, Prep” focused on teaching high school students about hurricane preparedness.

“It is important for students to learn how to prepare for hurricanes as they go off to college,” senior Michelle Huang said. “Many of our peers treat it like a vacation and we want them to take it more seriously.”

They worked to make sure students knew what do during a hurricane and any other natural disaster they may encounter. In the state competition, the team placed second.

As part of the project, the team invited a speaker from the South Florida Red Cross to talk to around 300 students about hurricane preparation: what to do before, during and after.

They also worked with the city of Boca Raton as another source of information for students about hurricane prep.

The DECA team has been working on a mobile app with the city, which uses crowdsourced data to find the availability of supplies in an area.

Team members organized a CPR lesson, started a podcast about hurricane prep and attended Facebook’s International Disaster Response Forum at the University of Miami.

About 60 members from DECA traveled to Orlando for the international competition where they presented their findings from the yearlong project.

In their category, they placed in the top 10. They find out where they placed and their final score soon.

Senior Noah Sarmoen worked on the podcast “Ready, Set, Prep,” which interviewed students who experienced a natural disaster.

The podcast, a 20-page manual on the project and a presentation were all part of the final project. The presentation discussed the project and its accomplishments and how the team tracked those milestones.

“We were up against a large number of other students from around the world,” he said.