The Planning and Preparation For This Year’s Hawkfest

DECA, one of the clubs offered at Arrowhead, is a student organization for marketing and entrepreneurship. According to the Arrowhead website, “The mission of DECA is to enhance the co-curricular education of students with interests in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship.” DECA helps students develop skills and competence for different marketing careers, building self-esteem, experiencing leadership, and practicing community involvement. 


To join DECA you must be in 10-12th grade and take a marketing class. For more questions and information you can email Steve Melzer, head of DECA and in charge of the marketing and business classes, [email protected] 


DECA is involved in the planning of events held during the Arrowhead school year. Some of them being, Marketing nights for hockey, basketball, and volleyball. They help with planning basketball events along with volunteering at booths at other events throughout the year. 


DECA is in charge of planning Hawkfest and this year they are planning it to be held September 23rd from 4-8pm at Arrowhead high school in front of north campus followed by the football game starting at 7 versus Mukwanago. The theme for Hawkfest and the game is an 80s retro dance party. 


The DECA leadership team is preparing for Hawkfest in various ways. Senior Lily Wakefield says that one of the ways they are preparing is meeting every Wednesday morning at 6:45 to plan and put on Hawkfest. Wakefield says she has been working on the design of the shirt since may, “and I can’t wait to see everyone wearing them.” 


Wakefield says that her team has gathered $16,000 so far in the sponsorship and have been putting lots of work in at Chapters officer workshop, a camp they go to to prepare for the upcoming school event. Wakefield says, “I am so proud of everyone.”


The money earned will be donated to HAWS and front line workers this year. 


Some of the vendors you can expect at this year’s Hawkfest is, Chick Fil A, Kona Ice, Dough nation, and Rocky Rococos. 


Some things that are going to be different then last year’s Hawkfest is Enterprise car rental will be joining for the first time and are hoping to sell cars and work with parents to help get their kids cars. DECA is thankful to have them as their sponsor. 


Another thing that is new is DECA will also be holding lip sync battles with some awesome prizes and if anyone is interested and would like to enter with their friends, email [email protected]


Senior Siya Sinha said they have been trying to post 1-2 times a day on social media to promote Hawkfest and get people out.


Sophomore Gaby Haas says that, “she is excited for this year’s upcoming Hawkfest and is looking forward to the new booths and football game.” 


Sinha says, “At Hawkfest there is truly something to do for everyone of all ages! Inflatables, carnival games, organizations/business booths, and so much food.”