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Owning Their Future

by Jay Nordlinger

The joy of DECA

Anaheim, Calif. — Sixteen thousand high-school students have converged on Anaheim, but not to go to Disneyland. Well, they will do that, too, most of them. Mainly, they are here to participate in a giant career-development conference. The theme of this conference is “Own Your Future.” The participants, the high-schoolers, are walking around in blue blazers, with a patch that says “DECA.”

What does “DECA” stand for? “It stands for truth, justice, and the American way,” says John Fistolera, an official with DECA. This is a good quip. “We’re about free enterprise,” says Fistolera, “and free enterprise is the American way.”

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