By: Mary E. Elson
Clarke County students proved the International DECA theme, “Expand Your Network”, true at the International Career Development Conference, which was held in Orlando, FL on April 29th -May 3rd. Over 15,000 DECA members were in attendance from across the United States, Guam, Canada, Germany and Puerto Rico.
Virginia representatives from Clarke County included: (front row – left to right) Stefanie Nicholson, Katie O’Donnell, Katlyn Mercke, Rae Kidrick, Megan Wilson, Ally Kuehm, Amanda Gordon, Anna Cantrell, Jessica Poland and Anna Louthan (back row – left to right) Michael Arthur, Donald Tredway, Stephan Bodkin, Kyle Blevins, Scott Schutte and Andy Justice (not pictured Chris Smalley)
Their DECA Advisors, Robin Eddy and Mary Elson accompanied them.
Congratulations to Chris Smalley who received $1000 for the Ed Fleming Memorial Scholarship (1 of 3 recipients)
Students competed against 200 other competitors in their individual events. They completed a 100 questions exam and 2 role-plays.
Congratulations to the following students who were successful in their competitions:
Top 20 Overall – Food Marketing Series Event
Top 10 – Marketing Role-play
Top 10 – Product/Service Management Role-play
The following students received the Award of Excellence in their competitions:
Katlyn Mercke – Retail Merchandising
Scott Schutte – Retail Merchandising
Anna Louthan – Hotel and Lodging Management
Jessica Poland-Hotel and Lodging Management
Donald Tredway-Hotel and Lodging Management
Stefanie Nicholson -Automotive Services Marketing
Ally Kuehm-Restaurant and Food Service Management
Megan Wilson-Business Services Marketing
Stephan Bodkin & Andy Justice-Marketing Communications Team Decision-Making
Anna Cantrell & Katie O’Donnell – Travel & Tourism Team Decision-Making
Kyle Blevins, Chris Smalley, Michael Arthur – Quiz Bowl
Rae Kidrick attended and graduated from the Leadership Development Academy.
Clarke County DECA would like to thank the community for your continuous support and generous donations to enhance the education and opportunities for our young people.
Congratulations to all Clarke County students for their accomplishments and for representing Clarke County and the State of Virginia at the 65th Annual DECA International Career Development Conference.
We are very proud of YOU! “You are the Best!”