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reagan students honored at international deca conference

Ronald Reagan High School DECA chapter members earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s 68th annual International Career Development Conference in Atlanta May 3-6.

Reagan at International DECA Conference

Students receiving recognition at the international level were:

Sophia Ding, Ed Fleming Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 Scholarship
Gilbert Andrew Young, Principles of Marketing Event Top Performer, Top Performer in Preliminary Interview for the area of Professional Development, Overall Finalist
Jack Ladgenski, Entrepreneurship Participating – Franchising Event Individual Participant
Alec Mire, Business Services Marketing Event Individual Participant
Hannah Woodworth, Sports & Entertainment Marketing Event Individual Participant

During the school year, approximately 120,000 of DECA’s 200,000 student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local and regional titles. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. The top state and provincial winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Atlanta. The DECA International Career Development Conference was the pinnacle of competition where nearly 10,000 students vied for international honors. Nearly $500,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.

The #DECAICDC opening session featured pro football and college football hall of fame inductee and entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton. In addition to career-based competition, DECA members engaged in leadership academies and networking opportunities with over 60 internationally recognized businesses.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.

For more information about DECA, please visit our website and to see the conversation from this year’s conference follow #DECAICDC on Twitter.

Posted on May 20, 2014