WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Some local students who participated in their schools’ DECA clubs recently took what they’ve learned to the international stage.

Today we caught up with the DECA students at West Vigo High School.

The students learn about business with their coffee shop called “The DECA Stop.” They also learn the importance of giving back through community service projects. The students recently returned from the international DECA competition in Atlanta.

“My favorite part was probably meeting people from around the world since it is an international competition,” Kiera Anderson said. “We got to meet people from across the United States and also a couple of other countries, such as France, Germany, and I know there was a couple of people there from Brazil. It was a really great opportunity just to see how other DECA chapters lead based on what region they’re from.”

“When we got to go to Six Flags on Saturday,” said Freshman Van Rueckert. “That was a lot of fun and then the DECA exclusive concert. I will also say that competing was a wonderful experience and I am so glad I got to do it on the international stage so those were some of the highlights of my trip.”

The trip to Atlanta included not only competitions but also academies where students could learn more about things like community service and business.