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Maricopa DECA Achieves at State Competition

(Submitted by MHS DECA Sponsor – Bernadette Russoniello)

(Maricopa) On February 26-28, 30 MHS DECA students attended the annual Arizona DECA State Career Development Conference. Students faced competition from more than 80 schools and over 2,000 students. Events ranged from Automotive Services Marketing to Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making. MHS DECA earned five test medals (top 10% of test takers), five top role play medals, and had eight finalists.

Congratulations to the following students:

Freya Abraham, 9th grade, 1st Place Principles of Marketing, 1st Place Sports and Entertainment Operations Research project, test medal, top role play medal

Kyra Morris, 12th grade, 1st Place Food Marketing Services

Harrison Edmondson, 11th grade, 2nd Place Hospitality Professional Selling Event, top role play medal

John Spencer, 12th grade, Test medal, top role play medal, event finalist Quick Serve Restaurant Management

Adia Carr, 11th grade, and Francheska Fernandez,12th grade, top role medals, event finalists Marketing Management

Ivie Keene, 11th grade, and Joie Guela, 12th grade, event finalists Travel and Tourism Management

Amber Hennigar, 11th grade, Alyssa Hollingsworth, 12th grade, and Elise Brown Thunder,10th grade, test medals

Additional honors included advisor Bernadette Russoniello awarded Outstanding Advisor of the Year by Arizona DECA and the Arizona Marketing Education Association, and the Century Club award, presented to chapters with memberships over 100 students. Juan Carrillo was also honored for his service as Arizona DECA State Officer.

Top finishers will be continuing on the compete in the International Career Development Conference April 25-30 in Anaheim, CA. Students will face over 16,000 top competitors from the US, Canada and around the world. Good luck Maricopa DECA!

For more information about the Maricopa Unified School District please call 520.568.5100 or visit the District’s website at  

“DECA is an international organization for high school and college students dedicated to emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in the fields of marketing, hospitality, business management and finance.”

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