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DECA's Trip to New York

December 10, 2012
Owensville High School

                After weeks of anticipation ten local high school DECA members were able to board a plane to “The Big Apple!” Chris Moritz and Sara Whelan, the local DECA club advisors, guided these ten high school seniors to a once in a lifetime trip to New York City; enjoying this experience were Emily Akagi, Chelsea Finn, Hallie Glaser, Tanner Goodman, Sable Huebner, Hannah Jose, Ian Kamler, Dalton Littrell, Luke Moritz, and Angela Soest.

                The Statue of Liberty was the first sight we could see as we flew into LaGuardia Airport. Beginning our descent into the airport we flew over the Hudson River coming so close we felt as if we were going to land in the river!

 When arriving at the Hotel Pennsylvania, we checked into our rooms and spoke about the sights we would like to see that day. We decided to explore the streets next to our hotel. Right across the street was Madison Square Garden, and the Manhattan Mall was connected to our hotel so we spent a few hours in the mall shopping. To check in for the DECA conference our teachers had to attend a meeting at five o’clock, so we then spent some time settling into our hotel rooms.  Once done with the meetings, Times Square was our next stop. The only way to Times Square was to take the subway, an experience most of us small town kids had never experienced. Times Square was a whole new adventure. Even at night it is so lit up you could swear it was still the middle of the day. Billboards surround you everywhere you go. For dinner the first night we headed to one of the most popular attractions – the Hard Rock Café.

On Thursday we woke up and again headed straight for Times Square to attend a presentation by Madame Tussauds Wax Museum employees. We learned of all their marketing strategies and how they promote the new wax figures. Once exiting the museum, we headed next door for another presentation by Dave & Buster’s head marketing employee. After this presentation we each received tokens to enjoy a morning of playing games at Dave & Buster’s. Around noon we boarded a double-decker bus for a financial district tour of New York City. As we sat and waited to begin our tour, directly in front of us a top a large building sat the Times Square Ball. Our tour took us through the streets of SoHo and past city hall. As we came upon Wall Street the bus stopped and the guides took us on a walking tour so that we were able to say “I have walked down Wall Street” and we also were able to take pictures with the Wall Street Bull. From here, we separated from the tour and made our way to one of the most moving memorials I have ever been to, the 9/11 Memorial.

We learned that the Freedom Tower is to be built to resemble the Twin Towers. The base of this building will be 200 square feet as were the original towers. An observation deck will be at 1,362 feet: the height of the second tower; and a glass parapet will be at 1,368 feet: the height of the first tower. However, the most unique and interesting fact about this skyscraper is that it will be exactly 1,776 feet, representing the year we earned our freedom by signing the Declaration of Independence.

Leaving the memorial we made our way down to the Staten Island Ferry. We rode the ferry across the Hudson River to be able to have a better look at the Statue of Liberty. Once we were back, we headed to our hotel to clean up for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Attending this show was one of my favorite parts of visiting NYC. The Rockettes are some of the most amazing dancers I have ever seen, plus the show was in 3D with live animals on stage. Once the show had ended we were able to go to the Rockefeller Center and experience the Rockefeller Christmas tree for ourselves.

On Friday we attended three presentations to help us further our education of the marketing profession. These were presented to us by NYC business professionals, Marriot Hotel, and a former DECA member who now works as a Sports and Entertainment marketer at Madison Square Garden. Once finished with the presentations we made our way out of the hotel and went for more sightseeing around the city for the rest of the day, including a walk through Central Park and shopping on Fifth Avenue.  As we walked down Fifth Avenue, we noticed many of the amazing window displays.  About early evening we headed back to Times Square to attend the Broadway Show -- Annie.

Saturday we were able to take a tour of SoHo, which are the streets of Lower Manhattan where many people go to shop. For our last day in New York City we went to see the Trump Tower and the Empire State Building. Looking out across the whole city of New York was amazing and one of the most beautiful views. For the rest of our evening we headed to the largest Macy’s ever, which is 9 floors. We explored here for a while noting the wooden escalators and fast food restaurants on the inside. Once done we went back to the hotel and relaxed for the evening.

Our flight back was on Sunday so we headed back to the airport and boarded the plane back to our small town! What an unforgettable experience!

-Sable Huebner

Owensville High School Senior

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