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DECA Student Advances to International Contest

Six Mount Si DECA students qualified to compete in the State Career Development Conference on March 2-3, at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. The students representing Mount Si High School at State (pictured left to right below) are: Adya Kumar, Jessica Doy, Logan Langseth, Wyatt Nataros (front), Noah Vaugh and Mara Gothelf.

Mount Si DECA students at State
Mount Si students at the 2017 State Career Development Conference
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.
 Noah Vaugh  Jessica Doy and Adya Kumar
Mount Si 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!  
Also, the 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.