Drinking incident is last straw for Apple Valley DECA club

  • Article by: HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 2, 2013 - 8:26 AM

The principal disbands business club, citing "a history of illegal and other inappropriate activities."

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cranberryjoeJan. 2, 13 9:03 AM

I remember when I was in school I thought or advisor put it best before we went on a week long trip. He said if you can't go a week without alcohol you probably shouldn't be going on this trip and seeking help instead.

haldavisJan. 2, 13 9:17 AM

In case you wondered, this is from http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Delta+Epsilon+Chi DECA (formerly known as Distributive Education Clubs of America, also known as Collegiate DECA on the college level) is an international association of students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service (DECA.org). It is one of ten organizations listed as Career and Technical Student Organizations by the United States Department of Education.[

johnmplsJan. 2, 13 9:28 AM

Sorry folks.....I was in DECA throughout HS, and these activities are tame compared to the sex, drugs, and alcohol we enjoyed. Looking back, it was dumb, and I congratulate AVHS for dealing with it. Now I encourage the other metro schools to also look at their DECA programs realistically. DECA is a great organization, but HS age kids are too young to be given as much freedom as they are in this program.

jim2011beamJan. 2, 1310:14 AM

OK, same rules for every student organization, right? How many sports teams would be left? How many dance lines and debate clubs? How many anything else? Maybe all that's needed is more parental involvement and supervision (don't load all this work on the teachers) and elimination of dumb expenses like hotel rooms for students 10 miles away in Apple Valley.

gankmanJan. 2, 1310:20 AM

I am also a past DECA member who was a member in both HS and College. HS in my opinion is a bit too young to let kids be without supervision and understand what their responsibilities are. Before the age of 21 I would've been removed from the program costing many thousands of dollars and the inability to use DECA on my resume. These programs have to have acountability or troubled youth will make them a mockery for the rest of the kids trying to boost their careers and resumes.

redwingrebelJan. 2, 1311:03 AM

Have any "teacher advisers" ever been to a State High School Hockey Tournament hotel? Maybe Hockey should been banned too.

dorkeemnJan. 2, 1311:56 AM

Hockey, debate, baseball, basketball, football... cancel them all. kids are going to drink at hotels when they don't have parental supervision. In 1980 - at the state FFA convention - I would wager that 90% of the kids there partied at least one or two nights - and the 10% that said they didn't are lying. Point is things haven't changed - and it is physically impossible for 1 - 2 advisors or coaches to watch 20-40 kids constantly.

ruphinaJan. 2, 1312:52 PM

The principal probably did the right thing, but I hope he does not try to punish any individual directly based on this kind of evidence: "About eight or nine of those ultimately were determined likely to have consumed alcohol, the principal said". "Likely" is pretty weak. Bill G.

sgjsdadJan. 2, 13 1:23 PM

Getting drunk and partying at a 'business conference'? Sounds like these kids understand the nature of business pretty well! Business conferences anyway. Seriously, I was never a part of DECA but I played sports and went to church youth group functions and did a lot of 'character building activities' without much supervision and I know what I got away with in HS. If these DECA kids are doing 25% of what I got away with, shut the program down!!!!

adri0801Jan. 2, 13 1:25 PM

Underage drinking is a stupid law anyway..


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