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Off the Field: DECA Experience Spurs Bissey

We’re stepping Off the Field to take a closer look at some of the Republic students who are competing in non-sports activities. Our report is brought to you by State Farm Agent Sarah Rader. Talk to her about how you can save money by combining your home and auto insurance.

by Taylor Massey

Senior Logan Bissey has been involved in business and marketing throughout his high school career. This involvement has paid off, and he is now a finalist for two national DECA scholarships.

DECA is a club offered at Republic High School that specializes in preparing students for careers in business, marketing, hospitality, and finance. Students are given the opportunity to participate in competitions against other schools in various categories.

Bissey has competed at DECA competitions and consistently held leadership positions in the club. This year, he is the Vice President of Leadership and Career Development and a manager of Tiger Grounds, which is a student-led coffee shop at the high school.

“In DECA, I deal with competition, community project organization, and communication between DECA and other organizations. As a Tiger Grounds manager, I gain real experience in leadership with training assistant managers and employees,” said Bissey.

Bissey’s commitments have helped him become a finalist in two scholarship programs: the Corporate Scholarship Program and Harry Applegate Scholarship Program. Specifically, he is in the running to win the Otis Spunkmeyer scholarship, which provides three $1,000 scholarships to DECA members who work in their school and sell Otis Spunkmeyer products. The Harry Applegate scholarships are awarded on a combination of factors, such as DECA involvement, academic achievement, and community service.

“Mrs. Middleton, the advisor of the Republic High School DECA chapter, brought them to my attention and provided me with the knowledge and resources I need to be able to apply for them,” said Bissey.

Bissey also said that he’s thankful for experiences that the club has provided him as a whole.

“What I have learned from being in DECA are important things about the business world that will give me a head start in my college education, a new love of making connections with other people, how to write a business plan, and what I want to pursue in my future career.”

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