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Last weekend, DECA students from Bellingham and Sehome high schools participated in a regional competition in Monroe. Several students took home top honors and will advance to the state competition at the end of February in Bellevue. DECA is a business and marketing club where students develop presentation skills around an area of expertise. Students can learn about everything from apparel and accessories to financial services and entrepreneurship.

Bellingham High School

Bellingham teacher and club advisor, Lynn Carroll said this year’s group is a young team, since nine seniors graduated last year, but they are a dedicated team.

“The two top place test scores, Melanie Wilson for Human Resources and Skyler McDonald for Retail Merchandising, were a definite surprise as I think in the six years I’ve been doing this we’ve only had one other win in that category so to have two in one year was pretty spectacular. They were both definitely surprised!” Carroll said.

The team meets once per week with additional practice sessions offered, particularly for the newest members to give them some idea of what to expect at competition. Angelica Perez and Hillary Greenwood, who took second place in Business Ethics and Law team event, were first year participants.

Other placements include Tyler Pippard, who took first place for the second year in a row in Business Finance. Melanie Wilson took first place in Human Resources. Skyler McDonald took third place in Retail Merchandising. Amanda Kohonen and Jennifer Tran placed third in the Travel and Tourism team event. Gen Sakura took third place in Entrepreneurship. Kailey Abshire took fourth place in Business Finance and junior Alex Joubert was a first year participant.

All nine students who received awards will advance to the state competition.

Sehome High School

Sehome had 19 total competitors at the conference and eight students are advancing to the state competition.

Sehome business and marketing teacher and club advisor Jeff Wood said the Sehome chapter has been working hard planning for the opening of their student run school store, The Mariner Market, which will be part of the new high school. Marketing students can take retail merchandising as a course where they will work in the store as a hands-on marketing lab experience.

At the competition, three students placed first overall in the Marketing Knowledge exam for their chosen event, these students were Wilson Boudreaux, Serena Tyran and Warren Rose.

Additional placements include Ajax Robinson who earned second place in Apparel and Accessories. Serena Tyran placed second in Marketing Communications and Warren Rose placed second in Finance. Kellie Mumford and Delany Diehl took second place in Sports Marketing. Wilson Boudreaux took fourth place in Auto Marketing. Thomas Kanenaga took fifth place in Business Services and Janae Karr took fifth place in Accounting.

The state competition will be in Bellevue on Feb. 28, 2019.


    • Distributive Education Clubs of America. DECA prepares student to be leaders and entrepreneurs in the world of business, marketing, finance, Human Resources and management. Ya know, the future movers & shakers of the business community.

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