Farmington Public Schools students competed in several categories at this year’s DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held April 21-24 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Students from Farmington, Harrison, and North Farmington high schools participated with more than 19,000 students from Canada, China, Germany, Honduras, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and the United States.
These students were finalists in their categories:
North Farmington High School
Personal Finance Virtual Business Challenge – Top 8 Finalists: Ryan Morgott, Satvik Suneja, and Mohammad Tambawala
Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making – Top 10 Finalists: Neil Gurnani and Sri Srinivasan
Harrison High School
Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making – Top 20 Finalists: Filip Jevtic and Mihir Zaveri
“It is always a thrill to see my students apply the knowledge they learn in class to compete at a high level. They independently practice, study, and role play to succeed in DECA,” said Nina Merget, Harrison High School DECA advisor. “It is gratifying when students come back to visit me saying that their participation in DECA helped them determine their future careers. I have also spoken to college professors who tell me they can spot DECA students in their classes due to their advanced communication and presentation skills along with their ability to quickly apply business concepts to real life situations. I love being a DECA advisor.”
During the school year, DECA students take part in the organization’s competitive events, where they compete with one another at local and state competitions focusing on real-life business scenarios and project presentations designed to test students’ academic understanding and skills development. The International Conference is DECA’s highest level of competition. The international participants must win one to two prior competitions (districts and states) before they are eligible to compete at the international level.
DECA is a nonprofit career and technical education student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges.