DECA students advance to state

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DECA students at Sandy Creek High and Whitewater High schools demonstrated their knowledge and skills in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management at the regional DECA competition, with a total of 21 of them advancing to the state conference.

The competition evaluation process involves both a written component such as an exam or report, and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe through the use of integrated classroom instruction, applied learning, business partnerships, and competition.

The following students will compete in March at the 2016 State Career and Development Conference in Atlanta:

(Sandy Creek High) Sophie Bonser, first place, Human Resources Management; Zachary Vinson, first place, Marketing Management; Jocelyn Ordaz, first place, Restaurant and Food Service Management; Luke Mandrell, second place, Principles of Hospitality; Keythey Portillo, second place, Apparel and Accessories Marketing; Josiah Duncan, second place, Personal Financial Literacy; Noah Jacobs, second place, Sports and Entertainment Marketing; Davis Tapp, third place, Principles of Business Management and Administration; Jessica Green, third place, Personal Financial Literacy; Meaghan Odum, third place, Quick-Serve Restaurant Management; Eunice Oguoma-Richards, third place, Restaurant and Food Service Management; Banks Ream, third place, Sports and Entertainment Marketing.

(Whitewater High) Dymond Moore, first place, Apparel and Accessories Marketing; Madias Loper, first place, Business Services Marketing; Josh Diamond, first place, Automotive Services Marketing; Zach Riesberg, first place, Principals of Marketing; Garrett Walraven, second place, Food Marketing; Emma Fulton, second place, Retail Merchandising; Chase Johnson, third place, Principles of Finance; Aliahil Lilywala, third place, Business Finance; Connor Tringali, third place, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.