Payson students won 24 awards in a statewide competition that drew 2,200 students from business clubs from throughout the state March 2 through March 4 in Phoenix.
The 42 local members of the Payson DECA Chapter were among 112 chapters competing in a 100-question test, team and individual business and marketing role plays, and written manual events.
The winners will now go on to compete in the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta in May.
Local winners included: Nick McMullen (first place); Karen Williams (second place); team of Jesus Apodaca and Jesse Barry second place).
Receiving medals for winning role plays were: Priya Bhakta, Leah Brahm, Karen Williams, Jesse Barry, Jesus Apodaca, Nick McMullen, Josh Shaw and John Hughes.
Also winning medals as finalists were: Shandra Chambers, Anna Schouten and Leah Brahm.
Winning medals for their scores on the 100-question test were: Anna Schouten, Mitchell Maguire, Karen Williams and Nick McMullen.
Many students had personal best role plays with scores in the 90s. Those students were: Devino DeWitt, Shyenne Fowler, Alyssa Hagler, Emma Creighton, Janelle Slightman, Sami Sokol, Veronica Volk, Anna Schouten, Maria Ontiveros (2), Gerardo Moceri, Arissa Paulson, Taryn North, Kaylie Olsen and Chelsea Reffner.
“The whole DECA Chapter put in a lot of work to prepare for the state conference and this showed in the marked improvement of most students,” said DECA adviser Joe Parone. “I am really proud of the their efforts. You’re asking students to step outside the box and do something they do not really have to do, and they really did the community proud.”
DECA has impacted the lives of more than 10 million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since 1946. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community, and promoting competition. The high school division includes 190,000 members in 3,500 schools with members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico and Puerto Rico.