LTHS DECA scores three finalist medals at international conference

Lake Travis High School seniors John Balch, Tara Barton, and Aria Nicolai placed among the top 20 in advertising and business competitive events at the 2016 International DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held April 26 in Nashville.

Twenty students from Lake Travis High School competed at the conference as part of the Texas DECA delegation.  Students qualified for the competition by placing first at district competition in Round Rock and then by placing first again at the Texas DECA state conference in San Antonio earlier this spring.  In all, more than 17,500 DECA members worldwide were in attendance at the international conference.

DECA is a non-profit Career and Technical Education student organization whose mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.  Sponsored by advisors Jill Oates and Amy Johnson, DECA is one of the largest student organizations on the Lake Travis campus with 135 members.

LTHS students who competed at DECA’s ICDC in Nashville as are follows:

  • Advertising Campaign (Top 20)
    Topic:  HP
    Participant:  John Balch

  • Entrepreneurship Franchising
    Topic:  Auntie Anne's
    Participant:  Irene Chiang

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

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

  • Hotel Online Simulation
    Participants:  Jerzy Ramos Chen and Jordi Ramos Chen

  • International Business Plan (Top 20)
    Topic:  Union Square Donuts/ Argentina
    Participants:  Tara Barton and Aria Nicolai

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

  • Public Relations Project
    Topic:  Cyberbullying Stop It                                                                                
    Michaela Francisco, Andrea Jensen, and Karina Tovar

  • School Based Enterprise
    Topic:  The CAV Zone
    Participants:  Jordan Grulke and Julia Wezio

Additionally, students Natalie Evans and Raven Hampton participated in DECA’s prestigious Aspire leadership academy.  Aligned with 21st century skills in the areas of critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation, DECA’s Emerging Leader Series prepares members to be effective leaders in college and careers.