Christmas came early for some awesome students at W&L High School. Six members of the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) won their way to the DECA State Competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia in District competition on November 28. The students participated for the first time and were rewarded for their efforts in numerous categories.
Recognized for their expertise were Kendrick Abrams,(9th), 3rd place Selling, Overall Winner; Somer Cox (12th)2nd place Personal Finance Literacy; Overall; 3rd place, Personal Financial Literacy Role Play; and 3rd place Personal Financial Literacy Test; Nature Cox (12th) 3rd place Principals of Finance Overall; 3rd place Principals of Finance Role Play; Jasmine Tate (12th) 3rd place Automotive Services Marketing – Testing; Anthony Means (10th) 3rd place Food Service Marketing- Testing; and Caitlin Watkins (12th) 3rd place Retail Sales & Merchandising – Role Play.
The students competed against four other school systems, including King George and Stafford County schools. The W&L DECA club is in its first year of operation and currently has nine members. The teacher advisor, Kristina Sanders hopes to build up the membership. She noted, “We are hoping to gain support from the community to help us go to the state competition. For each student, the fees are $350 to compete which includes hotel and meal expenses for 3 days and 2 nights. If anyone places at the States, then we would go to the Nationals, which are being held in Orlando, Florida. We will be holding multiple fundraisers to support these upcoming trips.”
According to the national site, DECA is an education partner developing college and career ready youth. Authorized by the United States Congress and the federal and states’ Departments of Education to deliver career education, DECA has 219,000 members in 5,000 classrooms, and 3,500 schools worldwide. For over seventy years, DECA has impacted the lives of over ten million students.
DECA’s comprehensive learning program applies learning through rigorous project based activities that require solutions and practical outcomes. All the DECA activities provide authentic, experiential learning methods to prepare members for college and careers. Westmoreland County Public Schools congratulates the DECA students on their impressive display of knowledge and talent at the District Competition in Fredericksburg, Virginia.