WHS DECA Students Compete At California Conference

Wellington High School’s DECA chapter members earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s 67th annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., held April 24-27.

Several students and advisors received recognition at the international level. Euda Fils competed in Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, placing first overall, while Valentina Ferreira placed second overall in Hotel & Lodging Management.

Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making duo Matthew Goldman and Kamil Baska took Top 10 Overall, as did Andrew Porath and Jack Campbell in the Sports & Entertainment Team Decision Making category.

Rounding out the rest of Wellington High School’s competitive cast were Cassandra Dalla Riva, placing in the top 10 overall for Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan, and Sara Vogel, Nicole Caballero, Amanda Nardi and Kristina Skaryd’s Advertising Campaign work, which scored them places in the Top 20 as event finalists.

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 Anaheim. 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.

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.