Two teams from Smith-Cotton High School’s DECA program finished in the top 10 in their categories in the 2013 DECA International Career Development Conference held April 24-27 in Anaheim, Calif.
Zach Wolf and Keegan Kendrick captured second place in the Entrepreneurship-Growing Your Business category. The seniors, who took first place in the state competition, used their Buzzpro Advertising business, which offers advertising space on benches placed outside businesses across Sedalia.
Trey Napier, Mike Pugh and Joseph Rodewald placed seventh in the Virtual Business Restaurant Challenge.
In addition to career-based competition, DECA members engaged in academies and networking opportunities with more than 60 international businesses.
“I am so proud of all that S-C DECA has accomplished this year,” said advisor Amanda Mills, who teaches business and marketing at the high school. “We have continued the winning tradition with 25 of the 36 who competed at the district level advancing to state, 11 advancing to international competition and five placing in the top 10. In addition, we formed a partnership with Child Safe that provided opportunities for all of our members to volunteer and experience the intrinsic rewards of philanthropic behavior. I am confident that DECA is instilling the business and leadership skills our students need to be future leaders.”
Other S-C DECA students who competed at the international competition are Cameron Harris, Lyndsey Jackson, Kelsey Webb, Tayler Gero, Megan Lollis and Elena Sharp. Photos courtesy Sedalia School District 200.