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:
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.