23 DECA Students Advance to State Competition

January 25, 2018

The Lake View and Central High School DECA teams participated in the 2018 District Career Development Conference on Thursday, January, 18.  Over 100 students competed from District 9, which includes schools from all around the West Texas region.

Students competed in various events in the career areas of marketing, business management and administration, finance, entrepreneurship, and hospitality and tourism. 

In total, 23 SAISD students advanced to the State competition to be held in February in Dallas where they will be among 5,000 DECA students all competing for a chance to represent their school at the International competition in Atlanta, Georgia in April.

Advancing to the state competition from Lake View are:

Josh Rodriguez - 1st place, Principles of Finance
Erika Garcia - 1st place, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
Cody Guinn - 1st place, Sports and Entertainment Marketing 
Izzah Cuyno, Jacynda Morales & Leslie Hernandez - 1st place, Advertising Campaign
Karla Robledo - 1st place, Creative Marketing Project
Toby Carpenter and Tony Rangel - 1st place, Public Relations Project
Emily Hahn and Roselani Martinez - 2nd place, Community Service Project

Advancing to the state competition from Central are: 

Flynn McNabb and Jansen Curry - 1st place, Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
Dominic Blevins and Rowdy Garza - 1st place, Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making
James Hendon - 1st place, Apparel and Accessories Marketing Series
Abby Roane and Kennadi Velez - 1st place, Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan
Hailey Bell and Kaitlyn Gandy - 2nd place, Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making
Shawn Torres, Jarret Hill and Sam Stovall - 3rd place, Community Service Project

Congratulations to all of these students and good luck at State!

The DECA advisor for Lake View is Jennifer Urbanek and the advisor for Central is Renee Socha.

DECA is an international association of high school and college students that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. The organization builds leaders through community service projects, school activity involvement and competition on the local, state and national level. DECA members put their knowledge into action through rigorous project-based activities that require creative solutions with practical outcomes.