The Payson High School DECA Chapter won 37 individual awards at the March 3-5 Arizona DECA State Career Development Conference at the Phoenix Civic Center.
Competing against 2,400 other career and technical education students from 112 Arizona high schools, Payson DECA upheld its reputation as one of the state’s top programs.
A total of 42 Payson students competed and nine placed among the best in their event. Those nine will now compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference this month in Anaheim, Calif.
Winning first place trophies were: Tanner Hintze and Eric Vohs in travel and tourism, Jordyn Fruth and Nick McMullen in sports and entertainment marketing. Second place trophies went to Madison Flake and Shayna Neal in hospitality services, and Karen Williams in apparel and accessories marketing. Kayla Percell earned a third place trophy in entrepreneurship written, and Natalie Moceri won a fourth place trophy in restaurant and food services management.
“The goal of every DECA chapter is to have the honor of one or two students qualifying for the international conference, but to have nine qualify is outstanding,” said Payson DECA adviser Joe Parone.
Winning written event medals for Payson where Jesus Apodaca, Ernesto Hendrix, Asia Hinton and Taylor Marshall.
Earning finalist medals were: Hayli Egbert, Madison Flake, Jordyn Fruth, Asia Hinton, Tanner Hintze, Nick McMullen, Natalie and Gerardo Moceri, Shayna Neal, Arissa Paulson, Loren Peters, Eric Vohs and Karen Williams.