Five Scott Tech students compete at DECA nationals

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Students from the Scott Regional Technology Center competed on the national level in the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Pictured, from left, are: Hunter Freeman, Ellie Cahalan, Melissa Sanchez, Emily Pendergraft and Brandon Rodriguez. Contributed photo

Locals place at state contest against 1,700 competitors

Five bi-county students from the Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett advanced to compete on the national level at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. in April.

Scott Tech students competed against more than 1,700 high school students from across Missouri in the Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference, held at Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake of the Ozarks.

Students participated in more than 40 events including principles of business administration, business planning and operations, marketing research, fashion merchandising promotion, advertising, chapter team projects, leadership academies, and entrepreneurship projects. DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with national curriculum standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism.

More than 400 Missouri DECA students competed in Anaheim for international honors. The students representing Scott Tech advanced through the following achievements in state competition:

• Melissa Sanchez, Monett, fourth place in public relations plan about the anti-bullying campaign implemented in the Monett School District this year;

• Hunter Freeman, of Pierce City, and Brandon Rodriguez, Aurora, earning a gold certification for their School Based Enterprise (SBE), an in-depth application about how Scott Tech’s school store meets the six functions of marketing.

• Ellie Cahalan, Cassville, and Emily Pendergraft, Wheaton, taking third place for their Learn and Earn Project about a custom embroidery business ran through the school’s Scotty Store.

The Scott Tech students did not place at the national meet, where 19,000 DECA members competed from 13 countries. Sponsor Jill Fannin recounted the students said, ""I put my all into my event and felt confident that I did my best."