Hearing “And in first place…Brenna and Callie Mack from Mound, Minnesota” announced over the loudspeaker at the International DECA award ceremony in 2012 was not only our greatest academic accomplishment, it was also a moment in which we were overcome with school pride. Most are familiar with Herb Brooks’ famous words, “the name on the front of your jersey is a hell of a lot more important than the name on the back.” Standing on the podium, this statement hit home for us. We were representing our school on an international stage, and honored to do so.
It still brings tears to our eyes watching a video clip that a fellow DECA student filmed when we took the stage. The clip embodies school pride at its best. We wouldn’t have been so successful without the incredible support system and resources that we had available to us through our school. The DECA advisors challenged us to reach our potential and excel beyond it. They genuinely cared about us and were willing to do anything and everything to help us reach our goals. Not only this, but the other members of our DECA chapter created a competitive environment that forced us to work harder.
Ultimately, winning first place at DECA Internationals was not an individual triumph that we can accredit to ourselves; rather, it was a reflection of the passionate students and staff at Mound Westonka High School that stood behind us every step of the way.
Brenna & Callie Mack
Video link to the girls winning first place at the International DECA competition shot by fellow DECA members. http://goo.gl/nxhX7u