30 Kanawha County Students Qualify for International DECA Marketing & Management Competition

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  • Briana Warner
  • 3/30/2017

Thirty high school students from Nitro High School, Sissonville High School and St. Albans High School have qualified to compete in the national competition at the DECA International Career Development Conference April 26-29 in Anaheim, CA. DECA is a nonprofit international student organization that prepares students for a future in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

At the international conference, Kanawha County Schools students – ranging from high school freshmen to seniors – will compete in a variety of events in areas including, but not limited to: hospitality services team decision making, hospitality and tourism professional selling, financial services team decision making, buying and merchandising team decision making, human resources and quick serve.

School

Students

 

 

Nitro HS

1st Place

2nd Place

Advisor

 

Timothy “Jacob” Arnott

Jennifer Bailey

Alison Marshall

 

Kiara Cline

Keaira Baldwin

Abigail Mangus

 

Laura Crist

Katie Carnefix  

Jane Warner

 

Alexis Grbac

Kayla Fleetwood

 

 

Logan Gunter

Cobey Garbin

 

 

Jordan Larck

Starla Hager

 

 

Hannah Lawrence

Andrew “Drake” Hoybach

 

 

Victoria Porterfield

Lucas Nichols

 

 

Cassandra Stewart

Michael “Jayden” Taylor

 

 

Nicholas Withrow 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sissonville HS

1st Place

2nd Place

Advisor

 

Katherine Whittington

Samantha Dawson

Dixie Wilkinson

 

Brady Hanshaw

Elizabeth Kingrey

Jane McKinney

 

Dalton Ervin

 

Tonya Jennings

 

Ethan Granata

 

 

 

Olivia Montgomery

 

 

 

Heather Legg

Seth Fields

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Albans HS

1st Place

2nd Place

Advisor

 

Daja Barrett

Alexus Brown

Jeanellen Jenkins

 

 

 

Jennie Pringle


To qualify for the International Competition, DECA student members have to take a 100 question multiple choice exam and place 1st or 2nd in their competitive event at the state competition. There are individual, team, written, and chapter events within a variety of subject areas. Areas range from accounting to quick serve, and from advertising to the stock market. The first and second place winners at CDC qualify for ICDC.


“I am very proud to see so many Kanawha County students excelling within the DECA organization at an international level,” said Dr. Ron Duerring, superintendent of Kanawha County Schools. “They are learning and applying real-world skills in a variety of job areas, and win or lose, I know that they’ve already gained valuable experience and will gain even more while at the international conference.”

Sissonville High School students Katherine Whittington and Brady Hanshaw were elected to the top positions on the WV DECA officer team statewide. Whittington was elected president of WV DECA and Hanshaw was elected vice president.

More information on the DECA International Conference is available at: https://www.deca.org/high-school-programs/high-school-educational-conferences/international-career-development-conference-hs/.

About DECA 

DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 215,000 members in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. The United States Congress, the United States Department of Education and state, district and international departments of education authorize DECA’s programs.

DECA is organized into two unique student divisions each with programs designed to address the learning styles, interest and focus of its members. The High School Division includes 200,000 members in 3,500 schools. The Collegiate Division includes over 15,000 members in 275 colleges and universities.