Skip Navigation



What is DECA?

March 22, 2016
By Sarah Otteson


One of the great strengths Horizon holds in our academic offerings is DECA, an extracurricular program that has championed our incredibly hard-working and innovative students at HCHS for nearly a decade. At Horizon DECA is led by Mr. Mike Gump. He shared his thoughts with us earlier this week:

"Carrie Carlson and I volunteer to be DECA advisors at Horizon Christian High School simply because of the impact that we believe DECA has on our students. DECA gives our students a confidence and a 'presence' to interview, solve problems, present their solutions, role play, present prepared promotion plans, advertising campaigns, business plans, innovation ideas, service projects, start-ups, and  creative projects. This is a confidence that is difficult to duplicate just within the classroom and this self-assurance empowers our students to pitch their ideas to get that job, keep that job, and then reach their full potential in their career. 

We had 30 students at Horizon join DECA this year and 21 students compete at DECA State Competition (Oregon Career Development Conference). We won more medallions at this year's competition than ever before in the history of Horizon Christian High School. We are both very proud of our DECA team!"

For more information on DECA email Mike Gump at


Tags: DECA
Posted in High School