On Sunday, March 4th, forty-two Somerset High School DECA students traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to compete at the Kentucky State DECA Career and Development Conference. During the first two days of the conference the students attended various educational sessions related to business and marketing as well as competed in their individual or group event. On Tuesday morning the students attended an awards ceremony where the top six winners for each competitive event were called to the stage. Somerset High School had 20 students who received a trophy for placing in the top three in the state of Kentucky for their event. Also, four more SHS DECA students received a medallion for placing fourth through sixth place in their events. The students who placed in the top three in a National DECA event are qualified to attend the DECA International Career and Development Conference which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia April 21st – 24th.
The first through third place DECA State winners were as follows:
Students placing 1st place in their event were:
Amin Katanbaf – Financial Services Research
Sarah Davis and Hope Saindon – Financial Literacy Promotion Project
Payton Burkett, Josh Heuer, Jackson Horn – Franchise Business Plan
Trinity Burkett and Karlie Shehorn – KY Electronic Advertising
K’LeAnn Morgan – Business Growth Plan
Sufia Ahmed and Will Powers – International Business Plan
Second Place winners were:
Elisabeth Barnett and Destiny Sanchez – Hospitality and Tourism Research
Lyndsey Kelley, Devan Neely, and Laila Qasem – Independent Business Plan
Lexie Woodroof – Apparel and Accessories Marketing
Third Place winners were:
Alison Lewis and Ashton Little – Creative Marketing Project
Cammi Reed – KY Marketing Career Cluster
Ashton Little was elected as the Kentucky DECA Vice President of Public Relations at the awards session on Tuesday. Ashton also served on the Kentucky DECA Executive Council as the Region 5 President.
Debbie Harris, Somerset High School DECA Advisor, was awarded the Kentucky DECA Advisor of the Year award for the state of Kentucky.