DECA Students Headed to State!
Two Selah High School DECA students can start packing their bags and mouse ears as they head to Anaheim, California in April to compete in the national event.
Following participation at the recent state DECA competition, sophomore, Johanna Badillo, and senior, Gunnar Newell, both qualified to compete at the International Career Development Conference in their respective competition categories.
In earning her trip to Anaheim, Badillo placed third in Hospitality and Tourism while competing against the top 70 qualifiers in the state in her event. Newell, punched his ticket to California after finishing fourth at state in the category of Business Finance. Newell also faced a field of the 70 top qualifiers in the event.
DECA Advisor, Kasey Benjamin, said qualifying two students to attend the national conference is a big achievement for the club.
“Selah DECA did an outstanding job at state," said Benjamin. “Johanna and Gunnar are the first DECA national qualifiers in a long time for Selah High School. This is a huge accomplishment for them and the DECA Program and reflects how hard all the students have worked.”
By creating partnerships between business and education, DECA provides hands-on and real world experiences in the fields of marketing, business, and entrepreneurship in order to develop students into future leaders. Washington’s DECA organization is one of the largest in the nation with over 11,000 members.
Congratulations to Selah DECA and to Johanna Badillo and Gunnar Newell for qualifying for national competition.