Nine students attended the conference with six of those students qualifying for the state competition in March.
Shannon Cross placed first in Travel and Tourism Professional Selling Event, Nathan Myers placed first in Hospitality Services Professional Selling Event, and James Stansberry and Chase Montgomery qualified for state in Travel and Tourism Decision Making Event role play. Kelsey Rapier and Courtney Rogers will compete at the state conference in the Fashion Merchandising written event. Kayla Arp and Tori Stephens will represent BCHS DECA as voting delegates at the state conference.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs throughout their high school years. DECA members are academically prepared for college and careers in marketing, finance, hospitality or management, become community oriented by gaining an appreciation for the benefits of service and their potential impact on the community and world, learn how to be professionally responsible with ethics, integrity and high standards, and gain leadership experience by practicing key leadership skills such as goal setting, consensus building and project management. There are more than 185,000 DECA members in 5,000 high school chapters in all 50 states and nine countries.
“Throughout my three years participating in DECA, I have gained valuable leadership, professional, and team-building skills from the region, and state competitions I have participated in,” said Tori Stephens, president of BCHS DECA.
BCHS DECA members will be attending the Tennessee State DECA Conference in Nashville March 7-9. Students will attend various leadership and team-building seminars as well as network with other DECA members throughout the state of Tennessee.
Bradley Central High School DECA is sponsored by marketing teacher Heather Bischof.