WHS students earn top honors at International DECA Conference

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

DECAWHS students earn top honors at International DECA Conference

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Top 10 finishers were (back row, left to right):- Melanie Logan, Sarah Houck, Briegan Sims, Maddy Cline, Sophie Fleuret, Emily Chambers, Micah Rubart (front row, left to right): Geena Glen, Shelby Heath, Matthias Argenyi, Kalei Munsell, Danny Schied

Thirty-one Woodinville High School DECA chapter members earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s 67th annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., April 24-27.

Students  receiving recognition at the international level were:
2nd Place-Shelby Heath & Geena Glen-Hospitality & Tourism Team Decision Making
2nd Place-Kalei Munsell-Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
2nd Place-Matthias Argenyi-Restaurant and Food Service Marketing
3rd Place-Danny Schied-Entrepreneurship
Top 10-Sarah Houck-Hospitality & Professional Selling
Top 10-Briegan Sims-Hospitality & Professional Selling
Top 10-Melanie Logan-Hospitality & Professional Selling
Top 10-Madelyn Cline, Sophie Fleuret, & Emily Chambers-Advertising Campaign
Top 10-Micah Rubart-Quick Serve Restaurant Marketing
Finalist-Emmy Billmaier & Chloe Callahan-Hospitality & Tourism Team Decision Making
Top Test Score-Tyler Matheson and Noah An
Top Role-Play-Jacob Hoogerwerf

Other students competing were:
Lance Coomar
Connor White
Emily Allen
Chase Carter
Ashley Barnett
Alek Kacmarcik
Akshata Ketkar
Dua Khan
Mallori Lindberg
Charles Mehrmann
Chandler Olson
Kim Perdue
Keenae Tiersma
Kennedy Whalen

Woodinville High School DECA student and senior Madelyn Cline summed up her experience by saying “This was a trip of a lifetime. Getting up on the medalist stage made all of our hard work pay off. I am sad to see it come to an end.”

During the school year, approximately 120,000 of DECA’s 200,000 student members from across North America take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local and regional titles. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. The top state and provincial winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Anaheim. The DECA International Career Development Conference was the pinnacle of competition where nearly 10,000 students vied for international honors. Nearly $500,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.
Over 100 volunteers from the WHS community make this a possibility for students. Whether it was judging or assisting at competitions or judging at Saturday practice sessions, each volunteer has role in these students success. Mr. Glenovich and Mrs. Ackley, WHS DECA advisors, would like to thank each volunteer for their support.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.

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