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DECA Students Advance to State Conference

A 30-student DECA delegation from Mount Si High School won several awards at the DECA Area 4 Career Development Conference on January 10, 2014. Approximately 900 students from Seattle, Renton, Issaquah, Bellevue and Snoqualmie Valley school districts participated in the competition in Bellevue.

Mount Si students were awarded the most wins for MSHS DECA in the last 11 years! Finalists for state include:
  • Business Law and Ethnics—Kaitlyn Gate and Jack Hunt, 1st in role play, 5th overall
  • Buying and MerchandisingBailey Pfeiffer and Conner Skylstad, 5th overall
  • Hospitality Team EventsNellie Joselyn and Micah Smith, 4th overall 
  • Hotel and Lodging—Cameron Dirks, 1st overall and 1st in role play. (He also earned 199/200 with two nearly perfect scores.) 
  • Travel and Tourism—Hannah Curd and Carly Husa, 7th overall
These students will go on and compete at State DECA Career Development Conference (SCDC) on March 6-8 in Bellevue. The top four winners for each event at SCDC will advance to the International DECA Conference in Atlanta at the end of April/first week of May.

Additional congratulations go to Mount Si semifinalist winners:
  • Business Finance Services—Jason Edwards, 8th overall. (If someone who finished in 1st -7th places is unable to attend, he will be able to take their place at State.)
  • Sports and Entertainment MarketingDrew Hadaller scored 2nd for his exam score.
  • Plus, several of the other students finished in the top 25 for their events as well.
To compete, students were given marketing performance indicators last November. At the competition, they were allowed 10 minutes for Individual Events and 25 minutes for Team Events to resolve a real-life marketing case study that they had never seen before. Students also had to answer judges’ questions in the role play portion. (One team, in fact, had to role play that they were the judges’ bosses-- to which the Mount Si team of Kaitlyn Gate and Jack Hunt scored first in this event!) Also during the competition, students had to answer a 100-point exam that was very challenging, with only two students out of 900 participants scoring 90. Most participants earned in the 60’s, while Mount Si students mostly earned in the 70’s- 80’s.

“The Issaquah School District alone brought over 550 students in 10 buses! So, to say the least, we were very proud and excited to have many winners with our small group,” explained Mount Si High School Teacher and DECA Program Advisor Elaine-Marie Kugen.

DECA, which stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, prepares emerging leaders and entrepeneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Great job Wildcats!