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MHS DECA Recognized at State Competition

Maricopa High School DECA students attended the State Career Development Conference February 28- March 2, where they networked with more than 2,200 of their peers from around the state while competing in one of 50 unique business competitions.

The following students have placed at the Arizona DECA State Career Development Conference. These students are the best in state and earned a spot to represent Maricopa, the State of Arizona, and our country at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC).

  • Juni Hall 4th place in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.
  • Emma Wrenn 3rd place in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.
  • Anelaya Vasquez and Nadia Chacon 2nd place in Business Law and Ethics
  • Yasmeen Hanania 2nd place in Financial Consulting
  • Freya Abraham 1st place in Business Services Marketing.
  • Daniela Smith, Yasmeen Hanania, and Chantel Holguin for Gold Level Certification of a Student-Based Enterprise (SBE). 

The following students are finalists in their events and may have the possibility to attend ICDC if another student drops in their event. 

  • John Jackson and Nicholas Perez for Financial Team Decision Making
  • Nathan Hanna and William Schroeder for Business Growth Plan

This year, MHS DECA has received recognition from state and national levels. Through the efforts of these students, the team was  presented with awards, adornments, trophies, plaques, and received 3 slots to the Thrive Academy, which develop chapter management skills and builds their toolbox of collaboration, communications, critical thinking, and creativity skills. Of the following, three students will be selected to attend the Thrive Academy at ICDC to represent the MHS.

  • Olivia Healey-Martin, Nicholas Sanchez, Jordan Reed - Community Service Campaign
  • Yasmeen Hanania, Landen Thomas, Steel Lewis, Alex Salgado - Promotional Campaign
  • Freya Abraham, Joy Newey, Ngan "Jasmine" Ngo, Dylan Guaderramma - Membership Campaign

Testing is a major part of the competition, these students placed in the top 10% in the state in their comprehensive exam:

  • Freya Abraham
  • Nicholas Sanchez
  • Jordan Reed
  • Joy Newey
  • Olivia Healey-Martin

And, a special congratulations to Yasmeen Hanania, for being elected as an Arizona DECA State Officer!


In addition to receiving Recognition for Membership Campaign, Community Service Campaign, Promotional Campaign, and SBE, MHS also was recognized for Chapter Affiliation, Chapter Campaigns, Century Club, and Diamond Club.

Finally, we know this level of achievement does not happen without great leadership, congrats to MHS DECA Advisor, Julian Rodriguez, for being awarded the 2019 Rising Star Award!

MUSD is proud of our MHS DECA team and we look forward to rooting them on at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in April.