Six students to participate in international DECA competition
Aurelia Guerrero, Giselle Hernandez, Edgar Vazquez, Gerardo Fregoso, Roberto Ramirez and Trajan Trevino will represent Quincy at the international DECA competition April 20-25 in Atlanta, Ga.
DECA is an international organization with more than 3,500 high school chapters around the world that focuses on preparing students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management, its website, www.deca.org, states.
The students qualified for DECA Internationals by writing an in-depth manual for two of the Quincy High School student stores, the Hutch and QHS Press, the Quincy chapter’s adviser Elizabeth Averill wrote in an email.
Each team had to demonstrate knowledge in a variety of areas, including operations, marketing, market planning, pricing, promotion, human resources and distribution, she wrote.
“I’m so proud of these students, as I have had many of them since they were freshmen,” Averill wrote. “They have worked in these students’ stores and learning labs for the past four years as student managers and all of their hard work and dedication is paying off for them with this amazing achievement at the highest level of competition.”
The students qualified for the international competition by placing among the top 10 at state.
“I’m excited to see how they compete at the international level. They know they have some work to do to amp up their presentation for Internationals,” Averill wrote.
Averill wrote that the students hope to make it to the top 20. Quincy students have qualified for DECA internationals every year for at least the past seven years.
“Our DECA program is continuing to grow and our students are learning all about industry standards, project management and competing at the highest level,” Averill wrote. “As we grow, the Quincy DECA program is becoming a great example in our area and state for opening and running successful school-based enterprises.”
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org