DECA (formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America, now known simply as DECA) is a co-curricular business program for high school students that stresses college and career skills. By building transferable skills, DECA develops emerging leaders prepared for success in the global economy. There are more than 200,000 high school members from all 50 states, 4 U.S. territories, Canada, China, Germany, Mexico, and Spain.

DECA activities include professional speakers, leadership training, competitive conferences, skills workshops, community service, team bonding and more. Events occur mostly during the school day and to be a member in good standing, students must attend at least 3 DECA opportunities each year. That means DECA is about choosing what you want to experience whether that’s attending the speaker series, competing at the District Conference, or building new relationships at team bonding events.

Since we are a new program, ANY student can join DECA. Eventually, in order to become a member, students must be enrolled in a qualifying business-related course during the school year or have taken a qualifying course during a previous school year. Qualifying courses at Hamilton Wenham include Financial Literacy, Math and Finance, Principles of Marketing, Economics, and Sports & Entertainment Marketing. Hamilton-Wenham DECA is led by Advisor Ms. Wheeler and Assistant Advisor Ms. Rogal. To learn more about DECA, visit and

Email [email protected] for more information.

Club Advisor: Ms. Laura Wheeler
Interim Advisor (Fall 2019), Assistant Advisor: Ms. Stefanie Rogal