Members of the Eaglecrest High School DECA team brought home a national championship and placed five other students in the top 16 at the 2013 International Career Development Conference, held April 26-27, in Anaheim, California.
16,000 students from all 50 states and seven countries gathered to compete in various written business plan and role play events.
Jessie Hawk placed first with her Fashion Merchandising project. She did a new fashion line for the Forever 21 store. Emnet Shibre, Mahlet Shibre and Alyssa Wilson placed in the top 15 internationally with a 30 page International Business Plan, developing a purifying water system for Ethiopia. Rebecca Fitzmaurice and Justine Lacy placed in the top 15 internationally with a Financial Literacy Project aimed at equipping young females with financial concepts.
In each category, there were approximately 140 entries from various state and foreign country competitions. The top two in each section from preliminary rounds advanced to the final round of 16. Finalists then competed again against the world’s best.
EHS marketing teacher and DECA sponsor David Haar said all 16 students who participated in the conference did an outstanding job. “All 16 kids gave it their very best, and had a little fun along the way!”
The international competition was judged by 1,000 industry professionals in the fields of accounting, finance, marketing, management, retail, hospitality, tourism or entrepreneurship.
DECA is a 60-year-old non-profit organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
Congratulations to the EHS DECA team!
Posted May 8, 2013.