New teacher brings DECA back to OHS

OHS has brought back DECA, a marketing based club, with the help of new business teacher, Mrs. Jana Shuey.

The president of DECA, Bridgette Pagano (12), had been pushing to get this club back for the past year.

“I tried and tried and tried to get a business teacher to be the sponsor and I finally convinced Mr. Willett to do it and then when he became principal his replacement, Mrs. Shuey, agreed to do it,” Pagano said.

The club is still in the beginning phase, with only about 10 members. However, the club has been making great efforts to get the club known and recruit members from younger grades.

“I knew there were a lot of people with the potential to be very successful in it and I feel like it is really helpful in gaining skills that are valuable for the future,” Pagano said.

The first project DECA sponsored was the “Eat More Panther” t-shirts for the rivalry Oakville vs Mehlville football game.

They sold these t-shirts the week of the game and during the game. Along with the shirts, club members also set up tents and sold Dominos Pizza for $2 a slice. Throughout the week the club raised around $800 worth of profit.

DECA plans to continue getting involved. They will have their own table at Trunk or Treat Oct. 29, for the elementary schools in the area.

In addition, the club hopes to sponsor some sort of big community service project second semester.

Anyone who is, or will be taking a marketing class can join DECA.

This club has already had a big influence on OHS. DECA will continue with all the activities with hopes to recruit more members.