Area students recently attended the DECA State Career Development Conference at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark.

Area students recently attended the DECA State Career Development Conference at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark. The conference is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Education. DECA is an international association of high school students studying marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Missouri DECA ranks sixth in the nation in membership with more than 8,600 members. There are 179 DECA chapters across the state.
During the statewide DECA conference, DECA members were evaluated by more than 100 business and industry professionals who serve as competitive events judges. Students participating in the competitive events problem-solve realistic workplace topics and case studies through one-on-one interaction with an executive or community member.
Students can participate in principles of business administration, individual series events, business operations research projects, team decision-making events, chapter team projects, leadership academies and entrepreneurship projects. DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism.
The theme of this year’s conference, “SHINE!” focused on professional development, leadership, dressing for success and community service.  Missouri students raised funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as part of DECA’s international civic consciousness project.
The following students received awards and will advance to the international DECA conference next month in Anaheim, Calif.:
Blue Springs High School
Food marketing services - Anson Long-Seabra, second place.
Business services marketing - Riley Ludwig, third place.
Principles of marketing - Hayley Hyer, third place.
Travel and tourism marketing - Kaylee Chappelow and Christian Spinler, fourth place.
Hotel and lodging marketing - Jewel Perkins, fifth place.
Marketing management services - Mariah Cunningham, seventh place.
Human resources management - Anthony Gosal, seventh place.
Principles of business management - Mariah Peters, top eight.
Sports and entertainment marketing - Darien Buford and Alex Johnson, top eight.
FIDM Challenge - Alaina Aylward, third place.

Lee’s Summit North
Entrepreneurship promotion plan - Maddi Aston, Shelby Jones and Seth Dixson.
Public relations project - Ethan Delaney, Landon Nichols and Blake Hedberg.
Apparel and accessories, individual role play - Lauren O’Bryan.
Business financial services, individual role play - Jeremy Green.