On Sunday, April 21 Chaparral DECA set off to Atlanta, Georgia for the ICDC Nationals. Thirty-eight members from DECA qualified for nationals, to compete against 15,000 others from around the world. This year, thirty eight members qualified for the DECA national competition. The following participants were awarded these prestigious achievements; senior Miranda Silva, won a $2,000 National DECA scholarship, junior Brock Mullen was a top test score in his Financial Services Team event, senior Kinsey Baber was a Marketing Communications Role Play finalist, and senior Cassie Minne was a top performer in her preliminary section and finalist for Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling event. Lastly, seniors Jack Dewolf and Nick Kounkel who have been in DECA for three years and have traveled to nationals each year, yet again, won esteemed triumphs. Dewolf and Kounkel were inclined to be called “finalists for the third year in a row for their Business Growth Plan, which is a huge feat! AND this year they were also called up at closing ceremonies as a Top 10 finisher from their final presentations!” said marketing teacher Bonnie Enright. Over all, the nationals competition was a towering success for Chaparral, and many hard working students were granted prestigious awards and achievements. Many of the up-and-coming DECA members, will have large shoes to fill when the 2018 seniors have graduated. These students lived up to, and even surpassed the expected accomplishments of this DECA season.
Story by Hannah Lee