DECA students traveled to Atlanta, GA on April 21-24 for the International Career Development Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center.

LHS senior Ryan McManamen and senior Benjamin Taboga were finalists for Sports and Entertainment Marketing; senior Abijah Ahern was a finalist for Human Resources Management.

Their placing qualified them to be part of the top 20 in the world.

LHS seniors Robin Gloss, Taylor While, Junior Noah Dreiling and sophomore Alhena Islam made it into the top 100, not as a finalists but were still very successful.

For the Sports and Entertainment Marketing competition, McManamen and Taboga were partners.

McManamen and Taboga started with a marketing exam, which had two role-plays as finalists with 30 minutes for preparation time and 15 minutes for their interviews with the judges.

Human Resources Management was a solo event, which had a Business Management and Administration Exam, three role-plays with only 10 minutes to prepare and interview time with the judges.

Other events students were involved in were Business Law and Ethics and Marketing Communication Series.

18,000 high school students, advisors, businesspersons, and alumni gathered to develop knowledge and skills for college and careers at this year’s competition.

DECA prepares many students to be leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high school and college levels around the globe.

There are more than 3,500 high school DECA chapters.

DECA means Distributive Education Clubs of America, previously known as Delta Epsilon Chi.

DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946.

DECA has helped prepare many people for research, product development, branding, and packaging jobs.

DECA also has a scholarship program that provides over $300,000 in scholarships at the International Career Development Conference every year.

All competitors receive a Certificate of Achievement recognizing their accomplishment in qualifying for the International Career Development Conference.

This program in high schools and colleges is a great resource to prepare those interested in marketing, helping future leaders be more successful, and overall make our world to be a better place.