Business academy qualifies 15 students to international DECA career competition
Business academy qualifies 15 students to international DECA career competition
Posted on 03/01/2017
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Business academy students who have advanced to the International Career Development Conference

Northwest ISD’s Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship, housed in Eaton High School, has qualified 15 students to participate in the International Career Development Conference, where they will compete against top students from across the world in categories to advance their professional skills.

The international conference serves as the culmination of the DECA association’s competitions, which are designed to prepare future leaders and entrepreneurs for professional careers – particularly in the areas of marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Northwest ISD students qualified for the international conference in a range of categories by placing first or second in their disciplines at the State Career Development Conference, and several students were selected to prestigious positions for their accomplishments.

As a result of their qualifications, the students will compete at the International Career Development Conference from April 26 to 29 in Anaheim, California.

The Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship’s international qualifiers, listed alphabetically, include:

  • Riley Adams: Selected to Ignite Academy for Emerging Leaders
  • Alicia Alcorn: Selected to Ignite Academy for Emerging Leaders
  • Chris Arrasmith: Membership campaign winner for second-largest state chapter; selected to Thrive Academy
  • Kinsey Girod: 1st place, entrepreneurship business growth
  • Zachary Hill: 2nd place, business law and ethics; selected to Thrive Academy
  • Benjamin Hunt: 2nd place, buying and merchandising
  • Landry Lashombe: 1st place, accounting
  • Aaron Martinez: 2nd place, business law and ethics; selected to Thrive Academy
  • Brenna Matthews: 1st place, hotel and lodging
  • Lillie McMaster: 2nd place, buying and merchandising operations research
  • Renee Moran: Community service campaign for Build-a-Bear for Children’s Hospitals; selected to Thrive Academy
  • Cherinn Norman: 2nd place, buying and merchandising; selected to Thrive Academy
  • Jacob Norwood: Selected to Elevate Academy for Chapter Development
  • Madelyne Onstott: Selected as Texas DECA State Vice President
  • Shayla Phar: 2nd place, buying and merchandising operations research

The accomplishments mark the first time in district history that Northwest ISD students have qualified for the International Career Development Conference. Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship DECA members are led by Cathy Slagle, DECA advisor and academy instructor. They are also instructed by Antonio Banos and Estie Cuellar.

DECA serves more than 200,000 high school members across the world in 3,500 chapters. The association has provided services and opportunities to more than 10 million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since its founding in 1946.

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To learn more about the Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship and its programs, visit www.bmeacademy.org.