Reagan DECA chapter earns top honors

Reagan High School DECA chapter members earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA, April 26-29.

Students who received recognition at the international level are Benjamin Farias, Nataliya Gowan, Erina Varela, and Maria Jimenez. Benjamin received a Top Performer medal for being one of the top 10 test scores on the Marketing Cluster Exam while competing in the event of Sports & Entertainment Marketing. Nataliya, Erina, and Maria received a Gold Certification for the Reagan School Store while competing in the School Based Enterprise – Retail event. The 3 ladies worked together to write a 48 page manual that covered all of the inner-workings of the small business that they run each day at Reagan High School.

During the school year, approximately 120,000 of DECA’s 210,000 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 Anaheim. The DECA International Career Development Conference was the pinnacle of competition where nearly 10,000 students vied for international honors. Over $500,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.

Reagan students who earned their way to compete in this year’s International Conference were Benjamin Farias (10) competing in Sports & Entertainment Marketing Series; Nataliya Gowan (12), Erina Varela (12), and Maria Jimenez (11) competing in School Based Enterprise – Retail; Sebastian Cohn (11) competing in Personal Financial Literacy; Rhea Kamat (12) and Arasha Lalani (12) competing in Community Service Project; Julianne Lefelhocz (12) competing in Start-Up Business Plan; and Reeda Virani (12) competing in Advertising Campaign.

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.


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Benjamin Farias celebrates at the competition.

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(L to R) Nataliya Gowan, Erina Varela and Maria Jimenez

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A group shot of Reagan's award winning DECA chapter members.

Posted on 05/12/2017