“DECA is the marketing [Career and Technical Student Organization]. It’s not extra curricular ... we teach everything we do in DECA in our classrooms,” Cass High School Marketing Director and DECA Sponsor Wendy O’Brien said.
The event was hosted by CHS, but held at the learning center. There were 20 students from CHS competing and 103 students overall.
“[Participants] get case scenarios, they get 10 minutes to study them, then they go in front of the judges,” O’Brien said.
Eric Dunlap, a freshman, won first place in the Principals of Business Management and Administration category, which included ninth- and tenth-grade students. It was his first time competing in a DECA competition.
“I just came in hoping I would place at all, and then I end up placing first. It feels amazing,” Dunlap said. He said he has enjoyed learning some of the basics of business administration and wants to follow the field throughout his academic career.
“I’ve learned a lot in DECA. My teacher, Ms. O’Brien, has been great and helped me out a lot and I hope that when I’m in college I will get an MBA,” Dunlap said.
Lauren McKaig, a junior, placed first in the Job Interview category.
“You interview for an imaginary summer marketing internship and we had to prepare a resume, we had to do a job application, all the things you would do for a real job interview so it prepares you for the real job field.”
She also serves as a state officer.
“[Being a DECA officer] has provided me with a lot of leadership training and experience and DECA has been a great experience in general,” McKaig said.
CHS state qualifying competitors are:
Michael Worthington, second, Business Finance; Jordan Reynolds, third, Business Finance; Carter Reeves, third, Business Services Marketing Series; Emily McMillian, fourth, Business Speech; Madeline Redmer, sixth, Human Resources Management; Lauren McKaig, first, Job Interview; Anthony Bradway, second, Marketing Decision Making; Dalwadi Ashmita, second, Marketing Management Series; Eric Dunlap, first, Principles of Business Management and Administration; Yash Bhika, fourth, Principles of Finances; Tristan Mareau, first, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism; Andrew Willis, third, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism; Ashlynn Russell, sixth, Principles of Marketing; Brianna Caudle, ninth, Principles of Marketing; Jayson Hughes, first, Restaurant and Food Service Management Series; Matthew Moore, second, Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series; and Brianna Summers, third, Sports and Entertainment Marketing.
CHS also tied for the most overall winners in the region with Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School.