BTEC DECA members attend summit in New York

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Six Boonslick Technical Education Center DECA members attended DECA’s New York Experience from Nov. 19 to Nov. 24 with their adviser Mrs. Leslie Crider and chaperone Natesia Fisher.

Seniors, Sabriya Baskett, Acacia Jiles and Alan McCarter, juniors, Marshall Collins and Ty’Nasia Walker and Sophomore MacKenzee Troost represented BTEC DECA.

The DECA New York Experience trip is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Students were able to explore two iconic New York neighborhoods (Chinatown and Little Italy) on a guided walking tour. They learn about the history and development of these diverse communities and got a first hand look at how small, local businesses have thrived in such a large city for generations. Marshall Collins said “New York Experience gave me a chance to associate with different kinds of people and learn about how business men and women make a positive work environment.”

Students also experienced two of the nation’s most popular entertainment venues in the world, Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden. Students were given a backstage tour at both venues and were able to experience each venue at their best. When, they were treated to the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular and New York Knicks basketball game during their time in New York City.

Students also saw the city from above at the historic Empire State Building Observation Deck and the ultra-modern One World Observatory. They paid tribute to their fellow Americans at the 9/11 World Trade Center Museum. Students were able to see Times Square and decipher a frenzy of innovative marketing messages. They were even able to be part of the audience for Good Morning America and met GMA co-host Michael Strahan.

Students also experienced other sites in New York City such as Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Rock of Ages Broadway Show, Staten Island Ferry, Statue of Liberty, NBC Studio Tour, Wall Street and Joe’s Pizza to name a few. It was informational and busy trip. Acacia Jiles said “I’ve always wanted to go to New York City, so I was already pretty excited. The TV shows and movies that show New York City, don’t give it any justice. It was a really beautiful and amazingly eye opening city. It was a trip that I will never forget.”

MacKenzee Troost said “I’m so glad I got to go on this once in a lifetime experience. I have made friends that I didn’t know I would make. I got to see multiple mesmerizing and beautiful features about New York City and I can’t wait to go back again someday.” BTEC DECA Advisor Leslie Crider hopes to make the New York City Experience trip every two years with juniors and seniors of her marketing program. If you would like to stay in touch and see what’s happening with BTEC DECA please follow on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.