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Five DECA students make nationals

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Published on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 by JOURNAL STAFF

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The five Lake Stevens High School DECA students who made nationals.

Five Lake Stevens DECA students have qualified for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Flor. this year.

From March 3 through March 5, 24 Lake Stevens DECA students competed in a variety of different events with 3,000 DECA students in Washington State. The competition took place in Bellevue.

Ryland Ploeger, a first year DECA student, qualified for ICDC in Hotel and Lodging Management, placing seventh in her event. The competition consisted of a hundred question test and two role plays where she acted as a business professional given work issues to solve.

“I’m so grateful to Mrs. Morton, my family, and Washington DECA for this amazing opportunity. Competing through the DECA organization has changed my life dramatically, and opened the door to many new experiences I might not have been able to have before. I’m very excited for ICDC and so proud to be able to represent our community at an international level,” Ploeger said.

Kelsey Reimers, a junior, qualified for ICDC in the Merit Awards Program or MAP. To compete, Reimers completed a 119-page research project in the career of retail management.

“I met a lot of DECA students from around Washington during SCDC (State Career Development Conference) and I am looking forward to making friendships with more DECA students during ICDC,” she said.

Three seniors, Lindsey Danas, Alia Kelly, and Brianna Klein advanced to the next level in Store Certification. This project required a 40-page manual on the procedures and documentation of operating DECA’s school store, the Cove.

Lake Stevens DECA is a student leadership organization for students in the BAM (Business and Marketing) program. The classes are taught by Karen Morton with help from Para Educator Terri Monahan.
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