Cooperation between clubs sets a higher standard

Cooperation between clubs sets a higher standard

Yaamini Venkataraman

“Rivals” FBLA and DECA show unity during co-hosted event

When two organizations so established in their own routines come together for an event, it can either crash and burn or be a success. It all depends on the willingness of the clubs to slash their egos and focus on the task and the goal. Photo illustration by Yaamini Venkataraman.We have seen rivalry plague MVHS. Homecoming rolls around, and the school is infected.  Animosity becomes a policy, hatred our ally. But when two rivals decide to work together, you know there is sanity left.

FBLA and DECA have been considered friendly rivals for long enough. They just hosted their annual LaserQuest fundraiser where DECA and FBLA members participated in a laser tag competition. They have also been pitted against each other in tug-of-war battles in the Rally Court.

But their cooperation is what ultimately made Water Week a success. It’s basic economics—pooling resources means greater advantages, like more publicity and more manpower. More people involved meant more picketers and better activities. It doesn’t matter that DECA and FBLA stand for different things. There was a common goal, and they aimed for it.  

Why don’t we see this cooperation more often? NHS and CSF may not be exactly the same, but they do stand for education. Interact and Octagon both believe in community service. Cheer and Dance Team may be different, but they can still share the stage.

When two organizations so established in their own routines come together for an event, it can either crash and burn or be a success. It all depends on the willingness of the clubs to slash their egos and focus on the task and the goal. The LaserQuest fundraiser and Water Week were just examples of this mindset being put to use—only platforms for future cooperation.

So, thank you, FBLA and DECA, for proving that friendly rivals can work together. We’ll be looking to your example next Homecoming.

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