LAKEWOOD, WA –Several Lakes High School students attended the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) state conference March 5-7, 2009, in Bellevue. More than 3,100 students attended the conference. Overall, seven Lakes students earned state awards and four qualified for the national competition in Anaheim, Calif. later this spring.
While at the conference, students completed a written exam and participated in two role playing opportunities. Competitors were judged by volunteers who are experienced professionals in their event categories. The judges rated the students‚Äô ability to present themselves as business professionals and provide a convincing recommendation in response to an assigned business situation. Students received recognition in the form of medals, trophies and continuing education scholarships.
Lakes‚Äô award winners:
- Tom Gaffney‚ÄîApparel, first place (qualified for nationals)
- Molly McWherter‚ÄîBusiness One on One (qualified for nationals)
- Chanel Washington‚ÄîBusiness Services (qualified for nationals and elected state president)
- Lirra Zullo‚ÄîAccounting, award winner
- Sam Battersby‚ÄîMarketing Management (qualified for nationals)
- Angela Jong‚ÄîRestaurant and Food Service, award winner
- Myra Questal‚ÄîRetail Merchandising, award winner
Sophomore Chanel Washington, a first year DECA student and third place winner in the Business Services category, was elected state president by her peers after running a strong campaign and delivering a nomination speech to more than 3,200 students and adults. As state DECA president, Washington will serve as a spokesperson, ambassador, team leader and facilitator with Washington DECA and the state officer team. She will speak to organizations, conduct chapter visitations and represent DECA in the community as she supports her team in the achievement of their goals. (View Washington‚Äôs candidacy video here.
Lakes‚Äô DECA program is led by teachers Kitti Wheeler and Todd Pehowski. For more information about DECA, visit www.wadeca.org.