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SHS Students Excel at DECA State

State Deca

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.  Ashton Little was the State Vice President of Public Relations for the conference and Sarah Davis was the Region 5 DECA President representative.   On Tuesday morning, the students attended an awards ceremony where the top eight winners for each competitive event were called to the stage.  Somerset High School had 26 students who received a trophy for placing in the top three in the state of Kentucky for their event.  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 Orlando, Florida April 27 – April 30.


The first through third place DECA State winners were as follows:

1st place winners were:

Chiharu Hayashihara – Electronic Advertising

Jackson Horn, Payton Burkett, and  Josh Heuer – Franchise Business Plan

Devan Neely, Lyndsey Kelley, and Marah Qasem – Independent Business Plan

Emily Ham, Pearl Wonn, and Abby Ford – Buying and Merchandising Operations Research


2nd place winners were:

Ac Prater – Business Services Marketing

K’LeAnn Morgan – Business Growth Plan

Chase Cimala and Aryan Patel – Marketing Management Team


3rd place winners were:

Cole Blakeman – Financial Consulting

Hope Saindon and Sarah Davis – Financial Literacy Promotion Project

Bryan Gonzalez – Restaurant and Food Service Management

Zoe Stinson, Chesney Walker, and Haley Creech – Community Service Project

Sufia Ahmed, Will Powers, and Kate Ison – Independent Business Plan

Makenzie Clouse and Ashton Little – Creative Marketing Project



Group Picture

Pictured from left to right:


1st row: Zoe Stinson, Chesney Walker, Haley Creech, K’LeAnn Morgan, Dylan Jasper

2nd row: Hope Saindon, Makenzie Clouse, Cole Blakeman, Pearl Wonn, Abby Ford

3rd row: Mandy Johnson, Macey Witt, Kate Ison, Alison Lewis, Max Heuer, Kannon Tucker

4th row: Cierra Coomer, Chiharu Hayashihara, Emily Ham, Aryan Patel, Allen Hail

5th row: Cammi Reed, AC Prater, Destiny Sanchez, Junaid Ahmed, Matt Gosser

6th row: Erica Dick, Alyssa Davis, Laila Qasem, Maryanna Meadows, Chase Cimala, Eric Demunbrun



7th row: Will Powers, Emily Campbell, Sufia Ahmed, Jackson Horn, Devan Neely, Payton Burkett, Lyndsey Kelley

8th row: Jacob Stevens, Bryan Gonzalez-Ortiz, Kyle Hampton, Dylan Blankenship, Camron Owings, Josh Heuer

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