Mason McCoy, Chase Koschmeder and Jack Walsh holding first place trophies

DECA Students Advance to National Competition

Valley High School had 16 students qualify for the DECA Competitive Events Program at the 2014 International Career Development Conference May 3-6 in Atlanta, Ga.

First through third place finishers at the state and provincial competitions qualify to compete at the international conference. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. The DECA International Career Development Conference is the pinnacle of competition where nearly 10,000 students vie for international honors. Last year, nearly $500,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.

Valley, which is in its first year sponsoring a DECA program with coach Sarah Bird, had top finishers at state competition in the following categories:

First Place

  • Grant Gustafson and Chase Koschmeder – Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making
  • Haley Morris and Madeleine Smithey – Marketing Communications Team Decision Making
  • Mason McCoy, Chase Koschmeder and Jack Walsh – Advertising Campaign
  • Mahek Shahid, Madison Foust and Shri Mailachalam – International Business Plan
  • Sam Studer, Tiffany Heeren and Dani Duerschmidt – Sports and Entertainment Operations Research

Second Place

  • Gabe Butler-Klein – Principles of Business Management
  • Mahek Shahid – Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

Third Place

  • Baldeep Dhingra – Automotive Services Marketing
  • Tiffany Heeren – Business Services Marketing
  • Collin Coffey and Caleb Floss – Hospitality and Tourism Team Decision Making

Honorable Mention

  • Jack Walsh – Apparel and Accessories Marketing
  • Mason McCoy – Business Services Marketing
  • Daly Hardy – Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Sam Studer – Retail Merchandising Services
  • Abbey Patterson and Sarah Thompson – Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.