DECA, which has been in existence for about 70 years, is an international program that helps prepare students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. The La Porte chapter is among 3,500 around the globe.
To qualify for state, students had to take a test, then perform a business-related role play in front of a judge. Students with the highest total advanced to the next level of competition, according to DECA advisor Chad Pruitt.
“Our district has the highest average test scores in the entire state,” Pruitt said. “To have ten of our students win in this district is a big accomplishment.”
2019 DECA State Qualifiers
Hailey Gretencord - Food Marketing
Virginia Ulloa and Ashley Ulloa - Integrated Marketing Campaign
Samuel Pierce - Personal Financial Literacy
Matthew Johnson - Principles of Finance
Waleed Chatta - Principles of Finance
Matthew Silva - Professional Selling
Jacob Olvera - Restaurant Management
Dylan Garcia - Retail Merchandising
MaKenna Gabriel - Retail Merchandising
La Porte DECA also won the organization’s Achievement Award for increased membership for the second straight year.
The state competition is set for February 21-23 in Dallas. Students who win state will qualify to advance to the DECA international competition, which involves China, Germany and Canada, among other countries.