Students of the California High School's Chapter of Missouri DECA: An Association of Marketing Students joined over 300 high school marketing students at the annual district career development conference held Feb. 13, at Capital Mall, Jefferson City.
Students receiving recognition of individual ability and achievement at the district level were:
First place Hospitality Team Decision Making - Preston Peters and Morgan Henley; second place Hospitality Team Decision Making - Layma Legon and Leah Korenberg; first place Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making - Jasmine Wells and Abby Strickfaden; first place Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making - J.T. Trachsel and Austin Gump; first place Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making - Conner George and Shayne Ross; first place
Quick Serve Restaurant Management - Emily Ziehmer.
These students will advance to state level competition at the Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference that will be held March 16-18, at the Lodge of The Four Seasons, Lake Ozark.
DECA competitive events are designed to contribute to the development of competencies needed for careers in marketing, management and merchandising, to motivate students to assume responsibility for self-improvement and self-discipline, to assist students in acquiring a realistic self-concept through individual and group activities and to provide visibility for the educational goals and objectives of marketing education.
DECA is the only international organization specifically designed to reinforce the occupational competencies of high school students who wish to pursue a career in marketing, merchandising or management. Over 180,000 students from the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are involved in this organization.