The Storm Lake High School and Aurelia High School DECA organizations has qualified students to compete in the international competition set for April 25-30 in Atlanta, Ga. These students qualified at the state contest held in Des Moines earlier this month.
SLHS students qualifying and their area of interest are Joe Stuckel and Chanthapone "Bee" Phommasene, Financial Analysis Management Team Decision Making; Amber Cords, Quick Serve Restaurant Management Series; Rachael Mast, Apparel and Accessories Marketing series; Ryan Lovestad and Lauren Hall, business law and ethics management team decision Making; and Jordan Utech, Food Marketing Series.
These SLHS students did an outstanding job at state but did not qualify for the international event: Jordan Utech and Lauren Hall, fourth place in the Entrepreneurship written event; Allen Manriquez, fourth place in Automotive Services Marketing Series; Miguel Negrete, sixth place in Automotive Services Marketing Series; and Lori Phanachone and Whitney Robinson, sixth place in the Internet Marketing Team Decision Making Event.
Aurelia High School student Steven Draisey placed earned second at state in the Hotel and Lodging Management category to qualify him for Nationals.
DECA is a business-oriented organization. The objective is to support the development of marketing and management skills in career areas such as hospitality, finance, sales and service, business administration and entrepreneurship. Programs and activities are tailored to the specific career interest of students and include technical skills, basic scholastic and communication skills, human relations and employability skills, and a strong emphasis on economics and free enterprise.
Through a series of written tests and role-playing before a panel of judges, the students are ranked among other DECA members at the district, state and international competitions.
The SLHS and the AHS chapters of DECA have been successful throughout the many years it has been offered. Students have advanced to and represented Storm Lake and Aurelia at the international event many times.
The advisor of the local group is Sue Mann; Tim Galvin is the advisor of the Aurelia group. Storm Lake and Aurelia are the only area schools that participate in the organization.