Preparing students to be college and career ready DECA event features top marketing students

CHS students attending the Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference are front row, Shayne Ross, Layma Legon, Leah Korenberg, Morgan Henley;

middle row, Emily Ziehmer, Preston Peters, Abby Strickfaden, Jasmine Wells;

back row, J. T. Trachsel, Austin Gump, Conner George.

CHS students attending the Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference are front row, Shayne Ross, Layma Legon, Leah Korenberg, Morgan Henley; middle row, Emily Ziehmer, Preston Peters, Abby Strickfaden, Jasmine Wells; back row, J. T. Trachsel, Austin Gump, Conner George.

More than 1,650 high school marketing students and their teachers gathered for the 66th annual Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference (March 16-18) at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark. The conference is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. California High School was represented with 11 students and Advisor, Julia Potter in attendance. Winner Emily Ziehmer will advance to the international DECA competition that will be held May 2-7 in Atlanta, Ga.

DECA is an international association of high school students studying marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Missouri DECA ranks sixth in the nation in membership with more than 9,100 members. There are over 200 DECA chapters across the state. “High school students taking courses in marketing, business and entrepreneurship apply what they have learned at the DECA conference,” said Chrissy Bashore, state advisor for DECA. “This competition provides a great opportunity for students to gain realistic, career-oriented experiences that will help them perform and excel in higher education and their future careers.”

During the statewide conference DECA members were evaluated by more than 200 business and industry professionals who serve as competitive event judges. Students participating in the competitions solve realistic workplace problems through one-on-one interaction with an executive or community member. Students may participate in individual or team events, business operations research projects, leadership academies and entrepreneurship projects. Event criteria are aligned with national curriculum standards.

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