Academic excellence 2021

Category : Awards

Horizon High School’s DECA Recognized for Outstanding School-Based Enterprise

Tuesday , February 23 , 2021

Horizon High School DECA Gold Standard

Dawg Pound Central, the school-based enterprise at Horizon High School, was among 246 school-based enterprises achieving Gold Standard for the 2020-2021 school year and will be recognized during DECA’s Virtual International Career Development Conference this April 19-23, 2021. 

A school-based enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of the market. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum Standards in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA advisors have utilized this effective educational tool for over four decades to provide their students with realistic and practical learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction, enhance 21st century skill development, and prepare students for college and careers. 

David Palmieri, the school’s DECA advisor, explains, “In CTE, we prepare students for workforce success. We focus on positive student outcomes through rigor and relevance. Our school store called the Dawg Pound Central is the learning lab at Horizon High School for our marketing and retailing students. The students were faced with a real-world challenge: how to open the school store safely in a pandemic. With analysis and planning, the students found realistic solutions that were implemented. The DECA judges validated the student’s results. The students earned the Gold standard for our school store through many hours of dedicated teamwork. It is satisfying to me because our thinkers and leaders of tomorrow are solving real-world problems today.”

The Horizon High School DECA members who contributed to the certification were Kai Anderson, Leo Bonacci, Timothy Clay, David Drinen, Lily Forman, Peyton Hipp, Shia James, Matthew Johnson, Aiden Larson, Candace Lee, Julian Lyle, Joshua Magness, Zachary Martinelli, Matthew Muehleisen, Jack Persigehl, Maxwell Rabin, Camden Reith, Julia Wasson, MiReina Nunez, and Tatum Yob with the assistance of Palmieri. The SBE at Horizon High School has operated since the school opened in the 1980s and is to be commended for this achievement.

“DECA’s School-based Enterprise Certification Program is a rigorous process designed to help DECA members demonstrate their classroom learning in a practical, learning laboratory, and then translate that into meaningful outcomes,” said Christopher Young, CAE, Chief Program Officer at DECA Inc. “These DECA members are practicing important workplace readiness skills while preparing for college and careers.”

About DECA’s SBE Certification Program

DECA’s School-based Enterprise Certification Program provides recognition for outstanding achievement by school-based enterprises and to motivate SBEs to strive for excellence and growth. SBEs can be certified at three levels: bronze, silver, or gold. In order to apply for the certification, SBEs must submit extensive documentation that explains how the SBE demonstrates the practice of various marketing and retail standards. A review committee evaluates the documentation to determine which level of certification has been achieved. DECA’s School-based Enterprise programs are sponsored by Intuit and Otis Spunkmeyer Inc.