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Nevada DECA Members Take On CES 2017

Solving real world challenges, that is the goal; and on Sunday, January 8th, five incredible Nevada DECA members from the Basic Academy of International Studies pitched ideas for three innovative products at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017. Applying leadership and marketing skills they learned from DECA, the students presented two minute elevator speeches accompanied by a one minute question and answer session to the judges. 

Pitching ideas ranging from a medical device to a mobile technology safety feature, the students did not fail to impress the judges.  Each presentation included specific details on the potential costs and profits tied to their products, as well as an explanation for their marketing plan and ideas.


The products the students pitched to the judges aimed to solve real world challenges such as driving while using a cell phone. The team of Christopher “CJ” Dornak and his partner Danny Vella pitched a mobile device car disabler which prevents drivers from taking off without powering down their cell phones.

Making their final decisions, the judges decided to award our Nevada DECA emerging leaders based on the quality of their pitches and marketing plans. Dornak and Vella finished first, Clarissa Neff and Guadalupe Torres finished second, and sisters Taulima and Tatiana DeVoux finished third. 

We’re incredibly proud of the work these talented Nevada DECA members put forth in aspiring higher and hope to see them continue to inspire, lead, and achieve in the future!