Eight Payson High School DECA students attended the 2011 Western Region Leadership Conference in San Diego, Calif. held Nov. 10-12 with four students winning awards.
Hayli Egbert, Madison Flake, Jordyn Fruth, Amanda Hartnell, Kyle Marshall, Nick McMullen, Bethany Sprinkle and Eric Vohs were among the hundreds of students from 14 western states and territories who attended the Western Regional Conference which is designed to develop leadership skills in students who are pursuing careers in marketing and management.
These students had the opportunity to participate in competitive events testing their business skills and ability to use those skills in a hands-on situation.
Competing against about 900 other students, Payson students Amanda Hartnell and Kyle Marshall won first place in hospitality and tourism, and Bethany Sprinkle and Eric Vohs won first place in sports and entertainment.
DECA is the recognized national career and technical student organization for students enrolled in marketing, finance, hospitality and management related courses in the nation’s schools.
DECA develops leadership ability, promotes an appreciation for our free enterprise system and develops awareness for the importance of good citizenship.
These DECA goals are stressed in the more than 60 workshops and activities available to attendees. A special learning activity at this conference includes the DECA University which allows students to participate in focused leadership sessions that will allow them to receive specialized training in the following areas: finance and investing, marketing, hospitality, sports marketing, entrepreneurship, leadership and technology.