Champions Bound for International Competition

DECA Champions Bound for International Competition
Posted on 03/21/2024
A collage of Howell High School students at the DECA State Competition; top left shows two male students holding awards, top right two male students wearing medals, and bottom image a large group of students with their advisor, all smiling proudly.3/21/2024 - Four Howell High School DECA students are heading to the DECA International competition next month after being named state champions at the Michigan DECA Competition. Nolan Hudnut and Marco Sanchez were named state champions in the Buying and Merchandising event. Jackson Vohwinkle and Sean Mitchell earned top honors in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing event. The DECA international competition will be held in Anaheim, California, April 27-30.

The students named state finalists were Ethan Keider and Landon Hund in the Entrepreneurship event and Samantha Vanwinkle and Morgan Tyrpak in the Hospitality Services event. While these students will not advance to the international competition, earning medals in highly competitive events is still a great accomplishment. In total, 34 Howell High School students competed in the state competition.

To reach the state competitions, students had to compete in a district competition within a five-county area consisting of Livingston, Washtenaw, Lenawee, Jackson, and Ingham counties. DECA competitions challenge participants to take a comprehensive exam and present a dynamic case study tailored to industry-specific scenarios.

About DECA
DECA is a high-energy organization designed to prepare students to be college and career-ready upon graduation. DECA has over 225,000 members in 5,000 high school chapters from all 50 states and nine countries. Students gain experience through interactive classroom activities and by attending DECA Conferences throughout the school year.

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