Wildcats, Patriots compete at DECA International


A group of local students made their mark against competitors from around the world. Among the 17,000 students, advisors, businesspersons, and alumni gathered together for the 2022 DECA International Career Development Conference, teams from Whitewater High and Sandy Creek High placed with the best.

Whitewater High’s Owen Quick finished 5th in the world in the Virtual Business Challenge Retailing. Julianne York was also a finalist, finishing top 20 in Retail Merchandising.

Whitewater’s DECA advisor is Karen Still.

Sandy Creek High also sent a team to compete at internationals.

The duo of Caleb Adams and Rishad Virani placed 4th overall for Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making. Adams also placed in the top 10 on the Entrepreneurship Exam.

Other Sandy Creek students competing were Taylor Williams, Duane Patrick, Victoria Newsom, and Preston Ezeagwu.

Sandy Creek’s DECA advisor is LaTangelia Sanderson.

DECA’s competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. DECA’s evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report, and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge.

— Provided by the Fayette County School System.