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WSD Students Qualify to Compete at DECA International Conference

Nearly 1,600 high school marketing students from across the state competed in the annual Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference, which was held virtually March 8-19 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After successful results in their competitions, 40 WSD students will compete in the DECA International Career Development Conference, which will take place virtually this year, April 24-27.

Students competed as individuals or in teams in a variety of categories and created a video response to realistic workplace problems, which were evaluated by more than 150 business and industry professionals who serve as competitive events judges. DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. The following students have qualified for the International DECA competition:

Emma Zak, 1st place in Financial Literacy Project
Nina Fay and Samantha Horton, 5th place in Community Giving Project
Emily Sheffield, 5th place in Buying and Merchandising Operations Research
Kylie Harris, 6th place in Automotive Services
Alayna Relling, 6th place in Retail Merchandising


Mya Suftko and Olivia Guffey, 1st place in Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Arthi Kondapaneni, 2nd place in Principles of Marketing
Bella Bahr, 3rd place in Sports and Entertainment Operations Research
Gabby McLaughlin, 3rd place in Buying and Merchandising Operations Research
Audrey Fleetwood, 4th place in Principles of Marketing
TJ Irlmeier and Anthony Galati, 4th place in Community Awareness Project
Leah Kaler, 5th place in Principles of Business Management & Administration
Makenzie Keiling, 5th place in Principles of Finance
Cleopatra Mozolewski, 5th place in Accounting Applications Individual Series
Nila Sasi, 6th place in Food Marketing Individual Series

Gabe Hackman and Ilencia Lightbody, 1st place in Community Awareness Project
Ashley Reiter and Regan Hilleman, 1st place in Buying and Merchandising Operations Research
Cooper Shinn, 1st place in Sports and Entertainment Marketing Operations Research
Sydney Tucker and Nolan Tucker, 1st place in Business Services Operations Research
Drew Chiodini, 2nd place in Principles of Finance
Kara Hildebrand, 2nd place in Restaurant and Food Service Management
Tabitha Schacht and Courtney Wilfong, 2nd place in Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making
Victoria Lewis and Ava Christian, 3rd place in Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research
Cade Lewis and Madilyn Moore, 3rd place in Community Giving Project
Kyle Czeschin and Michael Lynch, 4th place in Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making
Chloe Thiel and Brooke Vigna, 4th place in Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research
Jaxson Collier, 5th place in Automotive Services Marketing Series
Avery Grantham, 5th place in Business Services Marketing Series
Bella Schlueter, 5th place in Principles of Marketing

In the WSD, DECA is sponsored by Jolene Wofford, assisted by Emily Ward (Holt), Robyn Taylor, assisted by Morgan Muench (Liberty), and Michael Oliva, assisted by Kellie Trussell (Timberland). DECA is an international association of high school students studying marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Missouri DECA has more than 5,200 members with 154 chapters across the state.








Posted April 8, 2021