Approximately 3,129 students from schools around Washington State participated in the State Career Development Conference. The event also involved 145 DECA chapters, 171 advisors, 219 chaperones, and 600 volunteer judges supporting students as they hone and test their business acumen.
Senior Noah Vaughn (pictured at left) earned 4th place in the Quick Serve Restaurant
Management category, and will advance to the International Career
Development Conference in Anaheim, California, on April 26-29.
This is the
third year that Vaughn has qualified for the international DECA
competitions, by finishing within the top four places at the state
level. This has earned him the opportunity to participate with students
throughout the U.S. and Canada at competitions in Nashville, Tennessee
in 2016, and in Orlando, Florida in 2015. Best of luck this year Noah!
Mount Si team of Adya Kumar, senior, and Jessica Doy, junior, (pictured above at right) placed in
the top 20 in the state for their Travel and Tourism Team event.
DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America. The club prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA competitive events cover a wide range of career skills and industries such as: Advertising Campaign, Restaurant Management, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Hotel and Lodging Management, Human Resources Management, Professional Selling, Business Service Management, Financial Consulting, Automobile Services Management, Start-Up Business Plan, and Fashion Merchandising Promotion.
For more information about the DECA program at Mount Si High School, including how to volunteer as an adult judge, please contact Kelly Hawkins, Mount Si Marketing Education teacher.