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"Experience The Difference"
"Geaux Beyond"

"Preparing Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs for
over 77 years"

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DECA is an academic, professional association of high school and college students with an interest in careers within the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality/tourism, culinary arts, fashion merchandising, retailing, and business management. DECA's purpose is to:

  • integrate into classroom instruction through authentic, experiential learning methods that prepare members for college and careers,

  • apply learning by having members put their knowledge into action through rigorous project-based activities that require creative solutions with practical outcomes.

  • connect to businesses to provide members realistic insight into industry and to promote meaningful, relevant learning.

  • promote competition which drives members to excel and improve their performance.


These purposes determine the character of our chapter activities.  Through these DECA prepares the next generation to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders. 


DECA is comprised of over 225,000 members in the U.S. and internationally.  Louisiana DECA currently accounts for over 1,200 of these members.


DECA is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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Louisiana DECA Membership Drive

Chapters which increase membership over last year's membership will receive the following rewards at CDC (if the school attends):
Just Beyond      $25 gift card to ShopDECA
Going Beyond    $40 gift card to ShopDECA
Went Way Beyond     $60 gift card to ShopDECA

In additional, any chapter with 100 or more members will receive a DECA blazer.
Awards will be given at the state conference
and only to those chapters present.
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Chapter Campaigns

Thrive Level


Achievement Level

Went Way Beyond-$60

Going Beyond -$40

Just Beyond-$25

Above & Beyond-100 members

DECA Inc. and Louisiana DECA stands against racism in all forms. As community oriented and professionally

responsible leaders, we celebrate diversity and inclusion and embrace our role in shaping a better future.


We stand in solidarity with the African American, Black, Native American,  Indian, Asian American, Chicano,

Hispanic, Latino, European, Middle Eastern, and Caucasian communities - our members, alumni, partners and

employees - in the fight against systemic racism and injustice.


DECA Inc. is committed to creating and maintaining a healthy and respectful environment for all of our emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. Our philosophy is to ensure all members, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status are treated equally and respectfully. Any behavior in the form of discrimination, harassment, or bullying will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of all members to uphold and contribute to this climate.





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Membership Count

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Support Sponsors Who Support La. DECA
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Association Advisors                                  Office

High School Association

Paul Grethel


Collegiate Association

Ashley Martinez

26236 Wax Rd.

Denham Springs, LA 70726

TEL    504-301-7194

FAX    225-683-8610

Association Officers 


Nicolas Nguyen, President (EC)                                         

Baton Rouge Magnet High
Cell:  225-921-4322


Facebook:  Nicolas Nguyen

LinkedIn:  Nicolas Nguyen

Instagram: @deca.nick


Brock Sykes, Vice-President of Marketing & Communications (EC)

University View Academy

Cell:  985-320-9788                                                                


Facebook:  Brock Sykes

Twitter:  @deca_brock

Instagram:  @deca.brock


Jayla Tellis, Vice-President of Hospitality (EC)

Green Oaks Performing Arts

Cell:  318-200-1770                                                                



Khadija Henni, Vice-President of Leadership (EC)

Denham Springs High School

Cell:  225-305-4673                                                               


Instagram:  @deca.khadija



Luke Pierre, Vice-President of Finance & Career Development (EC)

Acadiana High

Cell:  337-371-7002                                                               


Facebook:  Luke Pierre

Twitter:  LukePierre13

Instagram:  @louisiana_deca_77



Alec Grandt, Vice-President of Membership and Outreach (EC)

Baton Rouge Magnet High                                                    

Cell:  225-910-4636


Instagram:  @deca.Alec

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