At Washington DECA, we love to see members who want to take their DECA experience and service to “the next level,” and running for state president is one of the best ways to do just that. Should you be elected, you will find yourself making new, life-long friends; meeting countless DECA members near and far; taking on new challenges; and growing – not only your skills and your experience, but also your network. Truly, it will be an experience that will change your life.
To get started, download the candidate guide. This candidate guide includes the information you need to proceed with your application and campaign. It’s never too early to start preparing!
The test has 50 objective questions (multiple choice, true/false, matching) covering general DECA knowledge, the Code of Conduct, and the Washington DECA organization. To prepare for the exam, download the:
You are responsible for securing your own proctor to administer your online test and providing their information in your candidate application. Information regarding access to the test will be sent to your local chapter advisor and your proctor should coordinate with your advisor to obtain this information.
Failure to complete the test may result in immediate disqualification.
The test makes up 25% of an area president candidate’s overall score. The test is 50 questions long and is worth one point each. Test scores will be divided by 2 in order to be properly weighted at 25% of the candidate’s total score. For example, a test score of 40/50 will be recorded on the cover sheet as 20/25. Odd numbers divided by 2 are to be recorded to the tenth’s place (e.g. 20.5)
Candidates will participate in a virtual interview before the area conference. The interview representatives may consist of the area leader, current or past state officers, chapter advisors, board members, and/or business and community leaders. After submitting your application, you will receive the following information by email:
Access to the online interview virtual link and instructions on how to set up your computer for a virtual interview
A scheduled time to test out your computer/camera/sound before the actual interview
The interview makes up 25% of the overall score for an area president candidate. The interviews are judged based on the application rubrics provided in the Candidate Guide. Interviewers are encouraged to concentrate on their poise, conduct, sincerity, and overall impression at the interview.
Candidates for area president will present a speech at their area conference. The speech does not directly apply to the area president candidate’s overall score, but it may influence the delegate vote, which does impact the candidate’s overall score.
Delegates will submit their votes for area president at the area conference. Once completed ballots are collected, ballots and votes will be counted and tabulated. Voting delegates are based on the area allocation for each school as determined by Washington DECA.
The delegate vote makes up 25% of an area president candidate’s overall score. Where only a single candidate is running for election, that candidate must still achieve 75% of the vote from the area ballots.