Maricopa DECA competed in the Arizona DECA District 9 competition on Jan. 18, facing competitors from eight Arizona schools including Mountain View Mesa, Dobson and Red Mountain.
Maricopa DECA performed its personal best since the program was chartered in 2009. Forty Maricopa DECA members took home 62 medals. Students competed in a range of events such as Hospitality, Hotel and Lodging, Finance, Marketing Communications, Travel and Tourism, and Sports and Entertainment Marketing.
First place: Freya Abraham, Steel Lewis, Yasmeen Hanania, Joy Newey, Jasmine Ngo, Miranda Chitwood, Faith Mead, Brendan Maxwell, Adia Carr, Fides Bernales, Harrison Edmondson and Elise Brown Thunder
Second place: Jamie Hall, Ly’Zhai Wilford, Jimmy Cutajar, Nicholas Perez, John Jackson, Sophia Saucedo, Jaylene Gosselin, Tabaaha Gooden, Jose Ruiz, Landen Thomas, Olivia Healy-Martin
Third place: Jordan Reed, Rachael Zavitka, Kyla Boyce
Role play medalists – 27 MHS students recognized for top role play score in section
Test medalists – 7 MHS students recognized for top tier test scores; the most of any high school at the competition
Six Maricopa DECA champions swept medals in every competitive category.
Maricopa DECA will take 32 competitors to the State Career Development Conference March 2-4, competing against 3000 Arizona DECA students for a shot at 300 competitor spots at the DECA International Career Development Conference hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, this April.