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16 FHS DECA students move on to state

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

Students from the Frankfort High School DECA chapter pcompeted in the District 4 Career Development Conference held Saturday at Westfield High School, according to Hot Dog Chatter.

Nine high school DECA chapters competed in this year’s District 4 regional event.

Out of the FHS contenders, 16 students qualified to compete at the DECA Indiana State Career Development Conference in Indianapolis March 4-6. As described by the Indiana DECA web site, the Frankfort students qualifying at the district level for the SCDC have the chance to compete with more than 1,800 DECA members from all corners of the state.

Also attending the state conference will be business professionals who can help students hone their occupation, business and leadership skills while networking with other DECA members.

DECA is a career and business oriented organization whose high school division includes 5,000 schools with 180,000 DECA members. Students are encouraged in competition, being academically prepared for careers and colleges, serving their communities and become professional, responsible leaders, accordng to the organization’s mission’s statement.

Saturday the Frankfort DECA chapter also was recognized as District 4’s The Most Charitable Chapter, and Frankfort DECA Advisor Amanda Graham-Bishop was honored as the 2018 District 4 Outstanding Business Educator.

Those competing and placing included Noah Dubree – Principles of Marketing (6th place); Simon Weber – Personal Financial Literacy (3rd place; 3rd exam; 3rd presentation); Yaquelynn Pozos – Apparel & Accessories Marketing (3rd place; 2nd presentation); Jenna Rockhold – Business Finance (3rd place; 2nd exam); Sam Wilson – Business Services Marketing (5th place); Isaac Hunter – Marketing Communications (1st place; 3rd exam; 1st presentation); Maria Vazquez – Quick Service Restaurant Management (5th place); Ruth Vazquez Ramos – Quick Service Restaurant Management (6th place); Jaimee Valdes – Retail Merchandising (4th place); Damian Martinez – Sports & Entertainment Marketing (6th place); Hayden Kincaid – Hospitality & Tourism Professional Marketing (1st place; 1st exam; 1st presentation); Emily Kelly – Hospitality & Tourism Professional Marketing (2nd place; 2nd presentation); Wendy Ceja Mendoza – Hospitality & Tourism Professional Marketing (6th place); Dylan Smith – Professional Selling (2nd place; 2nd exam; 3rd presentation); Jaquelyn Bojorquez – Professional Selling (5th place); and Yadeen Pozos – Professional Selling (6th place).