LTHS DECA advances to state competition, trio takes top spot nationally in virtual business challenge

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Forty-five students from Lake Travis High School have advanced to the Texas DECA State Career Development Conference after competing with more than 1,200 other high school students from Central Texas at the DECA District 5 conference held January 20 in Copperas Cove.  

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Each year, our DECA students consistently attain incredibly-impressive results at all levels of competition. Kudos to Ms. Oates and Ms. Johnson for helping shape the bright, young minds of these future-ready students.  It’s great to see our DECA program grow year after year.
— Gordon Butler, Lake Travis High School Principal

Formerly known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA prepares emerging leaders in marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurship with over 200,000 high school members in 5,000 classrooms in 3,500 schools across the world.  Led by marketing teachers Jill Oates and Amy Johnson, DECA is one the largest student organizations on the Lake Travis campus with more than 200 members.  During the district conference, Lake Travis High School was recognized as a Diamond chapter for its total DECA enrollment and increase in membership from last year.

State qualifiers include the following students:

  • Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Mackenzie Matheson, Simrun Head
     
  • Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Swethya Ayinala, Nidhi Thippana
     
  • Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Riley Everswick, Kayla Hoover
     
  • Advertising Campaign
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Vincent Crowns, Maya Johnson
     
  • Advertising Campaign
    Event:  Written Event
    Participant:  Wyatt Frantz
     
  • Business Services Operations Research
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Mia Perlman, Tiffany Sun
     
  • Community Services Project
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Michelle Balconi Lamica, Lydia Thomas
     
  • Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Anna McDonough, Koby Wheeler
     
  • Financial Literacy Promotion Plan
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Sabah Ali, Sreya Ayinala, Faith Putman
     
  • Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
    Event:  Written Event
    Participant:  Sydney Isika
     
  • Learn and Earn Project
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Cody Harris, Campbell Ingraham
     
  • Public Relations Project
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Alan Averett, Andrea Jensen, Katie Kupper
     
  • Sports & Entertainment Operations Research
    Event:  Written Event
    articipants:  Tatum Blalock, Zach Coldewey
  • Automotive Services Marketing
    Event: Role Play
    Participant:  Joe Dattola
  • Business Finance Services
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Zach Jameson
     
  • Business Law Ethics Team Decision Making
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Andrew Raynor, John Paul Storrar
     
  • Business Law Ethics Team Decision Making
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Souptik De, Raul Higareda
     
  • Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Luke Crawford, John Finnegan
     
  • Hospitality Services TDM
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Manoj Singireddy, Nihanth Attaluri
     
  • Hospitality Services TDM
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Lexi Larson, Johana Macklin
     
  • Hotel and Lodging
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Erin Fitzgerald
     
  • Hotel and Lodging
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Kelsia Melendez
     
  • Hotel and Lodging
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Elizabeth Suh
     
  • Marketing Communications
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Jaszmine Defranco
     
  • Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Kelly Bidstrup
     
  • Restaurant and Food Services
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Blake Duvalle
     
  • Restaurant and Food Services
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Jonathan Roberts

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Additionally, Lake Travis High School DECA students Zohair Ahmed, Jason Liu, and Azzam Nehal won 1st place nationally in DECA's Virtual Business Challenge for Hotel Management.  Presented by the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, the challenge encourages DECA members to test their skills at managing a simulated hotel. Participants had to schedule banquets and meetings, set room rates, book advertising, monitor customer service, determine housekeeping needs, and more. The LTISD trio beat more than 300 teams over a 10-day period representing a total of 26.5 hours invested into the project.