Shenendehowa High School student, Meredith Morse, earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held virtually during the month of April. More info…

Written by on May 14, 2021

Shenendehowa High School student, Meredith Morse, earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held virtually during the month of April. A junior at Shenendehowa High School East, she placed 8th in the Apparel and Accessories Marketing Competition at ICDC.  In addition, she campaigned for a state officer position and has officially earned the title of New York State DECA Vice President of Finance for the 2021-2022 school year. This is the first year the business club has competed in the DECA International Career Development Conference.

Nearly 13,000 DECA members competed during the virtual conference, representing the best-of-the-best from association conferences that qualified them to attend this elite group of competitors. Most of DECA’s 59 competitive events each fielded approximately 175 competition entries, representing thousands of competitors at the local, regional and state/provincial levels. The DECA members above are part of 15% of competitors who earned an international medallion for their excellence on an exam or presentation or as an overall finalist.

DECA members presented case study solutions and presentations through recorded videos, with approximately the top 20 competitors in each competitive event earning the opportunity to deliver a final presentation in a virtual meeting with a business professional live over Zoom®.

“I participated in a variety of competitions and leadership conferences this year to win a place among 13,000 DECA participants who qualified for the International Career and Development Conference. Following the preliminary competition, which included a written test as well as multiple roleplay performances, I was shocked and ecstatic to earn recognition as an international finalist. Following that, I competed in a live-virtual competition where I became an overall top 10 performer. DECA has not only ignited my passion for marketing and management, but it has also opened up a world of possibilities for me in the future, which I plan to pursue in my prospective career” said, Meredith Morse who was recognized at ICDC.

DECA’s competitive events program is aligned to National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management, finance, and hospitality and tourism. With categories such as the Integrated Marketing Campaign, Start-Up Business Plan, Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making, Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling and Business Finance, the competitive events are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. During this year’s virtual format, nearly 1,000 business professionals from across the world evaluated DECA members’ concepts, ideas and projects against industry-validated performance indicators.

“This is the first year Shenendehowa has competed in the ICDC competition and we are so excited to have a student place as a finalist. Meredith has worked extremely hard in all of the DECA competitions/conferences and we’re incredibly proud of her accomplishments” said, Melinda Mellon, advisor of the Shenendehowa DECA chapter.

About DECA Inc.
DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs who are interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. DECA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with more than 150,000 members in 4,000 high school and college chapters in all 50 United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany.

For more information about DECA, visit http://www.deca.org.

Shenendehowa High School student, Meredith Morse, earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held virtually during the month of April. Shenendehowa High School student, Meredith Morse, earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held virtually during the month of April.

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