Husky Mart Receives Gold Level Certification!

The Husky Mart, our school-based enterprise at Oelwein High School, was among 246 school-based enterprises achieving Gold Level Certification for the 2020-2021 school year and was recognized during DECA’s Virtual International Career Development Conference this April. In Iowa, only Oelwein High School and Ames High School achieved this honor.

A school-based enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of the market. The Husky Mart provides low calorie beverage and snack options, school supplies, and Husky apparel to students and staff at OHS. SBEs are managed and operated by students providing hands-on learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction. Gold Level SBEs have to meet 10 rigorous standards such as pricing, promotion, and financial analysis.

The Oelwein DECA members who wrote the comprehensive report to earn the certification were Alexa Berryman, Maria Rael, Natalie Crandall, and Libby Gearhart; with major contributions of the Business Management class of, Malayna Kiel, Laney Smith, Parker Sperfslage, Damon Melchert, Spencer Logan, Kennen Baldwin, and Brady Mayen. The Husky Mart is in its 5th year of operation, achieving the Gold Level Certification each year.

Alexa Berryman, Maria Rael, and Libby Gearhart showcasing Husky Mart merchandise.

Malayna Kiel serving customers Emily Hess and Hannah Jans.

About DECA Inc.
DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs who are interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. DECA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with more than 225,000 members in 4,000 high school and college chapters in all 50 United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany. For more information about DECA, visit