W. T. Clarke High School DECA team competed in the DECA High School Competitive Events conference with eight members advancing to the DECA International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization’s national competition.
DECA is a not-for-profit student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world.
The 170-member Clarke DECA team competed individually or in groups within five career clusters including Business Management and Administration, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Finance and Hospitality and Tourism. Among the 40 different business categories, participants compete by presenting a business plan in a written component such as a manual, exam or report or interactive component such as role-playing for industry professionals.
The DECA High School competition consists of three levels ¬– regionals, states and nationals. In January, the top 10 contenders in their respective categories advanced to the state-level competition, and the top five teams at states advanced to the national competition. At nationals, the top 5 participants will be recognized as the best in the world within their career category.
During the state competition, 48 Clarke DECA members received Top 10 medals and 31 achieved Top 10 Overall winner status in various categories. Eight members of the victorious group have advanced to the national-level DECA International Career Development Conference.
The district congratulates the Clarke High School DECA team for their dedication, critical thinking and thought-provoking work in the competition and wishes them much success as they continue their journey.
The eight Clarke High School DECA members heading to Nationals are:
• Pantho Sayed and Pavit Suri for Business Operations Research
• Joey Zirkel for Start Up Business/Entrepreneurship
• Logan Mark for Professional Selling
• Holly Romeo and Dana Stokum for Business Operations Research
• Regina Hickey participating in Emerging Leaders Conferences for her leadership on the DECA board and serving as Clarke high school DECA team treasurer
• Riya Shah for serving as New York State DECA Secretary