DECASubmitted by Pottstown High School DECA Communications Officer, Jayniana Williams

DECA, an organization aimed at creating leaders and entrepreneurs within student bodies, encouraged its state qualifiers to compete in the Annual State Career Development Conference online. This year’s Annual State Career Development Conference included students from all over the state of Pennsylvania. For the conference, competitors had to submit two role-plays and one content test. For the role-play portion, students were given scenarios that they had to respond to in a professional manner. Questions from the judges and performance indicators were key aspects of the role plays. The content test included one hundred questions that tested the competitors’ knowledge in their competitive category. To keep competitors engaged in the competition, activities, workshops, games, and a fashion show were incorporated into the conference.

Ten students from Pottstown High School’s DECA chapter participated in this year’s state competition. Thanks to Victoria McShea and Kevin Pascal, Pottstown’s DECA advisors, the students were enabled to study and prepare for their competitive events. Out of the ten competitors from Pottstown High School, three students qualified for an award. Senior Dylan Murphy, who competed in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing category was a finalist. Similarly, CyeNyla Hall, a senior, was a finalist in the Accounting Applications event. Finally, as a participant in the written event competition, Mackenzie Moser was recognized for contributing to the Gold Level certification of the Trojan Shop, a school based enterprise at Pottstown High School.

To compete in the Annual State Career Development Conference is a significant achievement. The members of the DECA chapter at Pottstown High School have continuously shown their dedication to self-improvement and leadership. This year’s state competition was unique, considering that it was completed online. Nevertheless, Pottstown High School’s DECA members showed that obstacles can be overcome. In upcoming years, Pottstown DECA is anticipating the entry of new members and the growth of the chapter.

Competitors included:

Iyesha Belgrave
Hospitality Tourism Team Decision Making
Faith Nichols
Hospitality Tourism Team Decision Making
CyeNyla Hall
Accounting Applications
Kishan Patel
Jayniana Williams
Hotel Lodging Management
Jocelyn Malauulu
Restaurant & Food Service Management
Dylan Maximenko
Retail Merchandising
Tyler Boughton
Principles of Business Management & Administration
Gabe Hicks
Principles of Marketing
Mackenzie Moser
Personal Financial Literacy

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