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.





Nitro HS

1st Place

2nd Place



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



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



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.