Licking Heights DECA's Mission Statement:

To Prepare Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs in
Marketing, Finance, Hospitality, and Management


Q. “What do you do in DECA?”

A. In short, we learn by doing. Our members engage in meaningful activities with real-world applications, in-school and out.
Read on, and also check out our Activities page!


Q. “Is DECA fun?”

A. Yes! Opportunities such as meeting students from around Ohio and beyond, going on meaningful field trips, and being part of school-wide projects are specifically designed for you to have fun while you’re learning. 


Q. “What if I’m not interested in business?”

A. Think about it…All professions are connected to business in some way.  This program connects the relevance of the real business world to your life now and in the future.


Q. “Is DECA a big time commitment?”

A. Not really.  Most activities take place during the school day, though there are lots of opportunities for fun out-of-school experiences as well! 


Q. “Can I really use this in the future?”

A. Learn and apply practical skills by participating in our many events and projects.  Many professions demand quick, critical thinking.  Everyone needs speaking and interviewing skills. Develop these through competitive events and chapter activities!


Q. “Will it interfere with my sports/work schedule?”

A. No.  Many of our students are just like you!  They are athletes, they have jobs, & they like to have fun. The program is flexible enough to accommodate your schedule & personal needs.

Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the Licking Heights DECA Chapter has been inactive for the 2020-2021
school year.  What follows is our calendar and chapter information from the 2019-2020 school year for your reference.
Thank you!



President: Brendan Olinski

VP of Marketing: Maso Ndikumana

VP of Retail Operations: Kelli Shivers

VP of Website Development: Matthew Thurston

Chapter Historian: Evelyn John


Licking Heights DECA prepares students for college and career through project-based, authentic learning experiences. Since 2006, LH DECA has been a part of numerous leadership and professional development activities.  We have won multiple District, State, and International awards and have donated thousands of hours and hundreds of dollars through our many community service efforts. Our Chapter Advisor is Mr. Steve Varricchio, and our 2019-2020 Chapter President is Brendan Olinski.



Ohio DECA was established in 1950 and is divided into 12 districts. Licking Hieghts is in District 7. Ohio DECA runs the annual Fall Leadership Conference and the Career Development Conference in which our chapter proudly participates and competes. 

For more information, visit the Ohio DECA website:



The International DECA organization was established in 1946 and is divided into 4 regions. Ohio is in the Central Region. DECA operates in all 50 states, Washington D.C., many U.S. terrirories, and several different countries. The Executive Director is Mr. Frank Peterson, and the High School Division President is O'Brian Martin from Virginia. For more information, visit the International DECA website:


Email Mr. Varricchio Here!