L-K DECA Advances 32 to State Competition and eight to International Competition

Thirty-two Linden-Kildare DECA students, along with advisor Billie Ruth Hankins and written advisor Gail Dorgan, competed at the District 6 Career and Development Competition in January. 
L-K students participated in an evaluation process requiring both a written measure such as an exam or a 5 to 30-page report and an interactive division with an industry professional serving as a judge. 
District Individual Series winners were: Ally Stanford in Human Resources Management Series and Tadd Mitchell  in Business Services Marketing Series. District Operations Research Events winners were: Dalton Alford, Trent Wert, and Ty Patterson in Sports and Entertainment Marketing Research; Kassie Blum and Karlee Bynum in Finance Operations Research; Grace Broussard, Kyndall Eudy, and Marissa Tyson in Buying and Merchandising Operations Research; Karson Bynum and Nancy Pena in Start-Up Business Plan; Gillian Dossey, Nic Kunze, and Marshall Duncan in Entrepreneurship Promotion Project; Mohab Khorshid and Lauren Lopez in Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research; Makayla Martin and Xaley Woolfolk in Public Relations Project; Megan Milloway, Jacob Owen, and Emma Price in Independent Business Plan; Kalen Nimmo in Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research; Haley Palmer and Peyton Turner in Community Service Project; Riley Peyton, Lily Sullivan, and Martha Uribe in Start-Up Business Plan; Kayla Romer in Business Services Operation Research Event; Jordann Schuler and Sophia Wenzel in Franchising Business Plan; and Kayden Wells in Innovation Plan.
L-K DECA students also competed at the Texas Career Development Conference in Dallas on Feb. 20-22.  
Thirty-two Linden - Kildare DECA students were among the 4,400 students vying for a state title and advancing to International Competition in Atlanta, Georgia
Eight L-K DECA students advanced to Internationals and five International alternates.  
Named as the international qualifiers were: Kayla Romer in Business Services Operations Research; Haley Palmer and Peyton Turner in Community Service Project; Grace Broussard, Kyndall Eudy, and Marissa Tyson in Buying and Merchandising Operations Research; Kassie Blum and Karlee Bynum in Finance Operations Research.  International alternates were: Mohab Khorshid and Lauren Lopez in Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research Team and Trent Wert, Dalton Alford, and Ty Patterson in Sports and Entertainment Marketing Research. 
The International Career Development Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from April 22 until April 26.  
Texas DECA is the largest DECA association in the world, with over 14,000 members. 
It prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges. 
DECA conferences provide learning experiences for students and advisors that support National Curriculum Standards and the development of 21st Century Skills. 
DECA conferences provide unique opportunities to extend classroom learning and connects with corporate professionals to engage students in learning industry-related trends and content.

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