Six Maryville High School marketing students recently traveled to Anaheim, Calif., to represent MHS and Tennessee DECA (Delta Epsilon Chi) at the DECA International Career Development Conference. More than 15,000 high school students with an interest in marketing competed in a variety of events during the conference.
Conference participants came from all 50 states plus Guam, Puerto Rico and Canada. To reach this level, students had competed at the regional and state level. From Maryville High School, Alex Orr participated in the Accounting Services area; Abby Bryant participated in Apparel and Accessories and Bianca Fankhauser participated in Business Services.
These participants took a 100 question economics/specialty area test and participated in 2 reality based role play situations. There were approximately 250 students competing in each of these areas.
Alex Orr and Abby Bryant were in the Top 10 in their area in two of their tests and received medallions.
Hunter Brewster, Morgan McClanahan and Jasmyn Jarnigan applied to and were accepted by Tennessee state DECA leaders into the International Leadership Development Academy where a professional leadership team conducted leadership-training activities and a major service project for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Students can take these leadership skills back to their schools and businesses and rely on them throughout their lives.
“When we walked into the opening ceremony, we realized that we had reached the ultimate goal as a members of DECA,” said Jasmyn Jarnigan. “It felt great to be among thousands of other students who shared our passion for business and competition.”