43 Kanawha County Students Qualify for National DECA Marketing & Management Competition

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  • Briana Warner
  • 3/22/2018

Forty-three high school students from Herbert Hoover High School, 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 21 – 24 in Atlanta, GA. 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.

All students placing first or second in the state, qualified to compete at the national competition.

School/Student

Place

Area

Herbert Hoover High School

1st Place

 

Kristen Rager

 

Retail Merchandising

Madelyn Bailey & Willow Welch

 

Marketing Management Team

 

2nd Place

 

Tristan Toney

 

Principles of Finance

 

3rd Place

 

Tiffani Crouch

 

Personal Financial Literacy

Madison Berry

 

Apparel & Accessories Mktg

Nitro High School

1st Place

 

Laura Crist

 

Personal Financial Literacy

Nick Withrow

 

Food Marketing

Isaiah Perry

 

Apparel & Accessories Marketing

Tori Porterfield

 

Accounting Applications

Russell McClanahan

 

Human Resources Mgmt

Starla Hager

 

Quick Serve Restaurant

Kayla Fleetwood

 

Business Finance

Jacob Arnott

 

Restaurant & Food Service

Lucas Nichols & Jayden Taylor

 

Sports & Entertainment

Drake Hoybach

 

Automotive Services

Hailey Hagerman, Katelyn Harrison & Hannah Lawrence

 

Creative Marketing Chapter

Logan Gunter & Hannah Lawrence

 

Financial Literacy Chapter

 

2nd Place

 

Trinity McDonald & David Shaffer

 

Hospitality Services Team

Keaira Baldwin & Jordan Larck

 

Travel & Tourism Team

Jackson Igo & Austin Slater

 

Marketing Mgmt Team

Robbie Garbin

 

Sports & Entertainment

Lauren McClung

 

Entrepreneurship

Whitney Smith

 

Hotel & Lodging Management

 

3rd Place

 

Jessa Holton

 

Business Services Marketing

Jennifer Bailey

 

Retail Merchandising

Saint Albans High School

1st Place

 

Trey Warner

 

Principles of Business Mgmt

 

2nd Place

 

Lauren Reed & Cassidy Lester

 

Buying & Merchandising

Jacob Adkins

 

Principles of Business Mgmt

 

3rd Place

 

Emma Gardner

 

Principles of Hospitality Mgmt

Daja Barrett

 

Quick Serve

Sissonville High School

1st Place

 

Seth Fields

 

Professional Selling – Financial

Amber Smith & Afton Myers

 

Entrepreneurship

Kendyl Monday

 

Professional Selling - Hospitality

Katherine Whittington & Brady Hanshaw

 

Buying & Merchandising

 

2nd Place

 

Charleigh Roberts

 

Quick Serve Restaurant Mgmt

Elizabeth Kingrey & Dalton Ervin

 

Business Law & Ethics

Seth Frame & Zach Blankenship

 

Financial Services

 

3rd Place

 

Jenna Paitsel & Zoey Haynes

 

Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making


To qualify for the International Competition, DECA student members run a campaign and give a speech in front of 300+ DECA members and advisors at the WV Career Development Conference (CDC).  They also had to go through an interview and take an exam. 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.

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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.