DECA’s state competition was a huge success as six massive projects were submitted, and all six qualified for Internationals. Having taken twenty-six students to State in Bellevue, fourteen will be moving on to Nationals.
Senior Hannah Terry has been a member of DECA all four years of her high school career, and said it is “something I’ll never regret”. The club has been on an impressive roll this year, winning the newly-added DECA Spirit Award at the Area Nine competition, and by having each one of their six intricately-constructed projects qualify for Nationals. It showed the competition that Heritage DECA is ready to conquer. “I think this is the most successful we’ve ever been,” said Terry.
Terry, along with fellow seniors Fletcher Stenlund and Michael Youngs, began their project back in April 2011, laboring for over eleven months thus far with even more to go. The trio’s project was about public relations, and after their ever-impactful SKID presentation, and after the assembly earlier this year touched the whole school, their estimated impressions spanned about 383,000 people.
Each of the students who competed and took part in the 2012 State Competition worked hard to prepare. Other students that will be attending nationals are: Sophomores Victor Duran, Zach Dyment, Johnathan Hubbard, and DeMitre Rodriguez, juniors Samantha Ballard, Mati Hendrickson, Dakota Kerns, Emily McCoy, Grant Terry, and senior Caileigh Gale. Mrs. Perez, the club advisor said, “It was a fun award celebration for our outstanding students.”
All of the DECA members have worked hard to represent Heritage well, and their success is worthy of congratulations.