Proctor, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - A group of Northland students has just received world wide recognition.
Last weekend the Proctor High School DECA team competed against 16,000 DECA members at the International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City...and brought home some pretty significant awards.
From job interviews to sales demonstrations, the Proctor High School DECA team does it all.
"We are an association of marketing students and we go to conferences and we learn things about leadership marketing, management, and hospitality, just to prepare us for our future," says Proctor DECA Member, Anna Swenson.
And the team has been working all year to prepare for their second year at the International competition.
"This year we actually stated right after the national conference last year, so we started in May of last year," says DECA Member, Gavin Johnson.
The team says it was a lot of hard work.
"It takes a lot of time. We had a lot of early morning meetings, like 5:30, 6 and then after school whenever we can. It's always kind of hard with different work schedules and athletics," DECA Member, Brooke Macinnes.
This year the group created a non-profit organization called "Drops for Hope."
"We're working to raise 50,000 to bring clean water to the Homer Village in Ethiopia," Swenson says.
Last weekend the team brought their business plan to the DECA International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City and placed second in the world for their project.
"It's really great because we worked so hard this year. It was so rewarding to get second place after putting so much time and effort into this project and it was such a rewarding project with bringing clean water to people in Ethiopia," Macinnes says.
With many of the groups members about to graduate, they say being apart of a group like DECA has prepared them for the next step in their future.
"DECA has taught me a lot that will help me in my future...how to dress professionally, how to prepare resumes and things that I wouldn't have known otherwise. Taught me a lot about professionalism just organization and really just gave me a good head start to my future," says DECA Member, Brita Macinnes.
All of the senior DECA members say they plan on continuing their non-profit organization to provide clean water to people in Ethiopia even after they graduate.