Lake Travis High School DECA advances to international competition

Lake Travis High School will send 18 student-leaders to participate in DECA’s International Career Development Conference April 23-26 in Nashville, TN. The students pictured here earned top honors at the 2016 DECA State Career Development Conference in San Antonio in February.

Lake Travis High School will send 18 student-leaders to participate in DECA’s International Career Development Conference April 23-26 in Nashville, TN. The students pictured here earned top honors at the 2016 DECA State Career Development Conference in San Antonio in February.

After competing with 4,400 high school students from around Texas on February 26 in San Antonio, 18 Lake Travis High School student-leaders will travel to Nashville, TN to participate in DECA’s International Career Development Conference April 23-26.

The students will compete at the Music City Center where they will join over 17,000 DECA members from all over the world to develop knowledge and skills for college and careers.   

Formerly known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA prepares emerging leaders in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management with over 215,000 members around the globe. Led by LTHS marketing teachers Jill Oates and Amy Johnson, DECA is one the largest student organizations on the Lake Travis campus with 125 members.

“These are truly amazing students and wonderful ambassadors for our school and community,” Emmett Aubry, Lake Travis High School interim principal, said. “Kudos to Ms. Oates and Ms. Johnson for preparing these students for this unique experience and the highly-competitive, global workforce that awaits them.  We welcome all students to learn more about DECA and to help us expand the program at Lake Travis High School.”

International qualifiers include the following students from Lake Travis High School:

Advertising Campaign
Topic: Hewlett Packard
Participant: John Balch

Entrepreneurship Franchising Business Plan
Topic: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
Participant: Irene Chiang

Finance Operations Research
Topic: A+ Federal Credit Union
Participants: Samantha Bryant and Nikita Tiffany

Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research
Topic: Sonesta Hotels
Participants: Anna Alsup and Emily Bian

Hotel Management Online Virtual Business Simulation
Participants:  Jerzy Ramos Chen and Jordi Ramos Chen

International Business Plan
Topic: Union Square Donuts/Argentina
Participants: Tara Barton and Aria Nicolai

Learn & Earn Project
Topic: CAVS in Style Fashion Show to Benefit MDA
Participants:  Daniel Argueta, Faith Putman and Kasey Sesny

Public Relations Project
Topic: Anti-cyber bullying
Participants: Michaela Francisco, Andrea Jensen and Karina Tovar

School Based Enterprise Gold Re-certification
Topic: CAV Zone School Store
Participants: Jordan Grulke and Julia Wezio

Financial Literacy Promotion (Alternate)
Topic: Edward Jones/Promotion Financial Literacy
Participant: Natalie Evans and Rose O’Deens

Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making (Alternate)
Participants: Sabah Ali and Sreya Ayinala

Additionally, while not chosen to participate in competitive events, Lake Travis High School DECA members Natalie Evans and Raven Hampton have been accepted to the Aspire Leadership Academy to further develop goal setting, consensus building and project implementation skills.

“The academy is a unique opportunity for these students to gain valuable insight and knowledge into DECA’s Emerging Leader Series,” Ms. Oates continued.  “Their participation will further prepare them as student leaders whose experiences will help grow the DECA program at Lake Travis High School.”

For more information about the DECA International Career Development Conference, visit www.deca.org.