Valley DECA and HOSA Groups Earn Top Rankings

Two student organizations at Valley High School earned top rankings at competitions this spring. More than 20 students competed at the DECA International Career Development Conference, while 11 students qualified to compete at the HOSA International Leadership Conference.

DECA students at the DECA International Career Development Conference

Valley’s DECA group at the DECA International Career Development Conference

Seniors Sam Cox and Parker Jensen were finalists in the Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making category at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California, April 26-29. Cox and Jensen were one of only two Iowa teams to make the finals. Senior Ethan Ellinger was also recognized for being one of the top 10 test-takers in his event, Advertising Campaign. He was one of just three Iowa students to be recognized for this accomplishment.

Fourteen additional students and teams qualified for the competition:

  • Advertising Campaign—senior Whitney Wiese
  • Advertising Campaign, Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making—seniors Cameron Brueck and Emma Judge
  • Business Law Team Decision Making—juniors Varun Myneni and Linh Tran
  • Business Services Marketing Series—senior Jared Shapert
  • Fashion Merchandising Promotional Plan—seniors Jessica Studer and Samantha Whitcomb
  • Financial Consulting—sophomore Caitlyn Potter
  • Financial Team Decision Making—juniors Armaan Kumar and Joe Swanson
  • Financial Team Decision Making—seniors Carter Czipar and Andrew Ridge
  • Hospitality Team Decision Making—junior Ariz Keshwani, sophomore Kate Snodgrass, junior Shubham Tayal, and sophomore Sukhman Virdi
  • Marketing Team Decision Making—seniors Ethan Ellinger and Whitney Wiese
  • Principles of Business Management & Administration—sophomore James Meng
  • Retail Merchandising Services—junior Lucy Brown
  • Sports and Entertainment Promotional Plan—junior Lucy Brown and senior Jared Shapert
  • Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making—juniors Garrett Wheeler and Jack Thompson.

DECA is a business-oriented student organization with programs authorized by the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Education. Its high school division includes 200,000 members in 3,500 schools. Learn more about DECA at

Students from the Valley HOSA group at the state competition.

Students from the Valley HOSA group at the state competition.

Eleven students in Valley High School’s HOSA—Future Medical Professionals group qualified to compete at the HOSA international Leadership Conference, June 21-24. Seniors Aggy Keary (Extemporaneous Health Poster) and Alec Freeman (Pharmacology); juniors Brianna Cole (Pathophysiology), Stacy Kabenda (Prepared Speaking), and Shubam Tayal (Medical Terminology); and sophomores Jacob Amro (Medical Law and Ethics), Caleb Bray (Epidemiology), and Maya Shah (Human Growth and Development) all took first place in their categories at the state HOSA competition.

Sophomore Radha Velamuri took second place in Human Growth and Development, and sophomore Hailey Amro took third in the same category. The Valley HOSA Bowl group (Kabenda, Tayal, Troung, and Velamuri) took second place. Tayal was also elected as the Iowa State HOSA President for the 2017-18 year.

HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Its mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. Learn more about HOSA at

Congratulations to Valley’s DECA and HOSA groups!