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Nevada DECA Aspires Higher at International Career Development Conference

Members of Nevada DECA attended DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Salt Lake City, April 28th-May 1st, 2012. ICDC drew nearly 15,000 students, advisors, business partners, and judges to the conference that is the highlight of the DECA year. Nevada DECA truly Aspired Higher with success in competition, scholarships, increases in membership, and the election of one of their own to a National Officer position.

While at ICDC, students competed in over 40 competitive events, ranging from individual events to group projects. Aside from competition, members also participated in leadership academies, such as LEADS, a leadership development program for State Officers, Chapter Management Academy for chapter officers, Senior Management Institute, and the Leadership Development Academy. Members were also recognized for their leadership and academic achievements through the recognition of scholarships. Nevada DECA is honored to have had two members win college scholarships: Isabelle Hamlin of Dayton High School received a scholarship from Safeway, and Victoria Caña, of Southwest Career and Technical Academy received a scholarship from Western Region DECA.

During the annual Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) fashion show, the DECA/FIDM Challenge first place team, comprised of Nevada DECA’s own Southwest CTA, showcased their award winning sustainable design.

Nevada DECA had great accomplishments in competitive events this year. Several Nevada DECA members made it on to the final round in competition. Both Pablo Mercado of Clark High School, competing in Business Finance and Matthew Slomka of Advanced Technical Academy, competing in Food Marketing Services, advanced to finals in their respective events. The following received medallions for their performance in their competitive events: Christopher Ha and Stephen Kim in Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making, Jenny Ha in Accounting Applications, and Rebecca Thompson in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism. The most exciting win of the evening came from Ikya Kandula, Northern Nevada Vice President, and her partner, Amy Bodner, from Davidson Academy, who became national champions by placing first in Hospitality and Tourism Team Decision Making.

Nevada’s success did not end with competition. At the close of the conference, Victoria Caña the 2011-2012 Nevada DECA Vice President of Publicity and member of Southwest CTA was elected to the position of Western Region Vice President for the High School Division of DECA, Inc. Caña will serve the Western Region throughout the next year.

The success that Nevada DECA achieved this year has inspired the members, State Officers, and advisors to continue to work towards their goals and thrive at  ICDC in Anaheim, California, in 2013. Thank you to all of those who supported Nevada DECA and helped make the 2012 ICDC a success.