Saturday, February 05, 2011

DECA Students Dominate at Regional Competition

Whitewater High’s DECA club members show no sign of losing steam as they continue to mount awards, most recently upstaging their competitors at the DECA Regional Competition on January 27 at the Rockdale Career Academy.

The club took home the most awards with 23 out of the 35 members placing in the top four and advancing to the state competition February 24-26 in Atlanta.

Students going to the state tournament include:

(First Place) Lena Alston, Olivia Bankston, Katie Cassidy, Josh Deas, Jordan Garrett, Erin Mahlbacher, Kayla Maxwell, and RoShonda Welch.

(Second Place) Ryan Gray, Theresa Lasal, Megan McDowell, Alex Resnak, Danielle Ruttinger, Mikayla Stewart and, Tanner Sweatman.

(Third Place) Taylor Birkhead, Carolyn Dishburger, Austen Hammond, Case Jackson, Emily Layland and, J'Lynn Lewis.

(Fourth Place) Lauren Morrison and Melody Ognio.

DECA is an organization that aims to prepare students for careers in marketing, management, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

To advance in the competition, students must demonstrate their knowledge and business savvy in a particular industry or trade, for example, tourism or sports marketing, management or finance.

Each event includes a written test portion and one or two role-playing scenarios. In the role-playing scenarios, students take on the type of challenges they might face in their chosen industries.

Students have only 10 minutes to read their scenario and take notes before they must give a 10-minute presentation and answer questions from the judge. They are scored based on how well they cover key points and the overall polish of their presentation.

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