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The Reflection

DECA coordinator, BreeAnn Martin, plays vital role in latest success

Martin and the DECA club heads to Detroit to participate in state competition on Friday March 10th. Photo courtesy Emily Koenig

DECA is one of the most beneficial and hands on programs that the school offers. For any student interested in the business field, DECA is a way to gain employability skills and learn about the business world. As of late, DECA’s past coordinator, Michelle Jaros, stepped down from the position and handed it over to marketing teacher, BreeAn Martin. In only her first year as the head of the club, Martin has shown organization and has put an emphasis on student cooperation.

Martin has an extensive background in the business field and realizes the importance of DECA for the students involved.

“I received my bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in marketing and communications, and I was working as a marketing director before I moved onto teaching,” said Martin. “I love seeing students utilize business techniques in the real world, and this was a great way for me to do that for them.”

Many students feel Martin’s dedication, such as senior Sam Kulasa, and DECA has allowed members to stay motivated and to be successful during competition.

“Ms. Martin approaches DECA with a lot of energy and that energy shines through when she talks with the club, which in turn helps us stay motivated and excited,” DECA member Kulasa said.

Having a coordinator with personal  business knowledge, such as Martin, allows students to learn how to work in the business world and how to be successful. Martin’s hard work and efforts towards the program have paid off this year, as the group is sending a total of 43 Gull Lake students to the state competition in Detroit.  

Martin said she believes that all of the hard work the club has put in to reach the state competition will benefit these future business students a great deal.

“I think that the experiences that the students receive at state competitions and national competitions,will help them to learn the knowledge that the need, as well as network with a wide variety of people that could possibly be future employers,” said Martin.

According to entrepreneur.com, in the business world, it is vital to network and have your name become well known. DECA allows students to meet business professionals and gain valuable knowledge from them, as well as widening their network.

“DECA has educated me in the business practices, and it gives me a great platform to test the business knowledge I’ve gained in classes I have taken in the past,” said Kulasa.

Martin’s hard work and dedication has allowed Gull Lake DECA students to expand their business knowledge and gain employability skills that can assist them in one day being hired in the business world.


My name is Noah Weiss. I am a senior at Gull Lake high school. This is my third year on the newspaper staff and this year I have the honor of being the senior editor. Along with my passion for writing, I play football and run track for Gull Lake.


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