Payson High School’s DECA team at the 2018-2019 state conference.

Between February 28-March 2, 30 Payson High School DECA students traveled to Phoenix for their state conference and competitions.

DECA is a professional marketing organization that focuses on marketing, finance, business administration, hospitality and tourism.

Students compete in various role plays in which they address real issues within industry as well as written business plans.

They stayed at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa with 2,400 other DECA competitors.

Despite the competitions being very competitive this year, Payson DECA did come home with some success stories.

A few students were recognized as Elite Members.

These students had to complete several hours of community service, high GPAs, and officer positions.

Payson DECA was also recognized for being a Century Chapter, meaning they had at least 100 members in the chapter.

One student made it to the finalist rounds for her role play and received a medal during the Grand Awards Session. Another student was top 10 percent for high test scores.

Kajal Daya and Melissa La Spisa competed as a team and did a 20-page franchise business plan.

They placed third and will be heading to Orlando, Fla. for the international conference in April.

The international conference brings in more than 20,000 DECA students from all over the world to compete.

Abby Kiekintveld was voted to be one of the DECA State Officers for 2019-2020 school year. The last time Payson had a state officer was in 2012.

Overall, Payson DECA had a very fun and successful state conference.

We want to thank Safeway for grant funding and to all that donated money through the school tax credit (Credit for Kids). That money has helped cover the cost of state competition, international competition, as well as to help cover the cost of leadership conferences.

Without those funds, many students could not particpate in DECA.

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