Deca Students Win 34 Awards At Regional Career Conference

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Payson High School’s DECA Chapter let the rest of the state know it will be a chapter to watch in upcoming competitive events.

The club is geared toward marketing students.

At the DECA Central Region Career Development Conference held Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Phoenix College, Payson DECA won 34 individual, team and chapter awards.

The club had 42 students attend the conference, which was attended by approximately 1,000 students from 34 other high schools.

At the events, students compete with other high school students in marketing and business-related role plays, content interviews, case problems and written events. The scores of the students are compared to the scores of all the other students in the same event to determine winners.

The Payson DECA Chapter is a Career Technical Student Organization of the first year Payson High School marketing program and is completing its second year at Payson High School. The local chapter currently has 119 members.

Receiving first place awards were Dillon Walker, Ana Carranza, Andy Staszak, Jordyn Fruth, Robert Cox and Tanner Hintze. Achieving second place awards were Josh Frewin, Dustin Ilse, Westin Gibson, Mason Dacanay, Michelle Daniels, Sara Andersen, Payton Pettet and Eric Vohs. Earning third place awards were Dylan Buchanan, Joey Garcia and Madison Flake.

During the competitions students took a 100-question written test. Achieving awards for high scores on the test were Sean Ford, Sean Dougherty, Michelle Daniels, Josh Petrie, Josh Frewin, Katie Welker, Marina Madra, Payton Pettet, Savannah Flores, Courtney Dyer, Tanner Hintze, Amanda Hartnell, Jordyn Fruth, Jordan Malherbe and Elizabeth Harpe.

Sean Ford qualified as a candidate for the State of Arizona DECA Quiz Bowl team.

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