DECA District Competition Canceled due to Rising COVID-19 Cases


Divya Potta

This year’s Arizona DECA District Competition’s cancellation upsets many Hamilton High School Students depriving them of an amazing opportunity. 

 The Arizona DECA District Competition was initially set to be held on Jan. 12, 2022, but it was recently cancelled due to a rising number of Covid cases. The competition was to take place in the ASU Polytechnic building, where students would arrive from their designated schools to compete in different events such as Marketing Management, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, Sports Management and many more. These were either single, double or group events based on what had been chosen. The dress code for the competition was strictly business attire meaning blazers, suits, formal dresses/skirts and dress shoes. 

During the rounds themselves, students would have been presented with a business scenario/problem in which they would address to the judge, meeting the performance task indicator requirements. This allows for the judge to successfully score the student’s presentation based on their character, attire, confidence and accuracy. In addition to the rounds, since students were asked to complete an online exam, those scores would be used to present medals, trophies and awards. Overall, this could have been a wonderful learning experience for Hamilton marketing and DECA students; however, this opportunity was cut short due to the current pandemic circumstances involving lockdown and quarantine.