NEWS RELEASES 2012-13 :: JUNE 24, 2013


Seven North Carolina DECA students earned the organization's highest honors at DECA's 67th Annual International Career Development Conference, which was held April 24-27 in Anaheim, Calif.

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated the students on their success and the wonderful memories garnered from the experience. "Students who participate in DECA gain valuable presentation, leadership and marketing skills that will help them succeed in higher education, work and citizenship," Atkinson said.

Students receiving recognition were:

  • William Henriques, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, 2nd Place, Human Resources
  • Rose Jackson, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, 3rd Place, Restaurant & Food Service Management
  • David Snedecor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, 5th Place, Buying & Merchandising
  • Craig Amasya, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, 5th Place, Buying & Merchandising
  • Michael Barquero, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, 5th Place, Sports & Entertainment Marketing
  • Aiden Blake, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools, 9th Place, Principles of Finance
  • Camden Van Pelt, Gaston County Schools, $1,000 National Tech. Honor Scholarship

North Carolina's delegation of 425 students collected 44 medals in exam, role play/presentation and top 15 honors. Seventy-five percent of the state's delegation attained the Platinum Seal of Excellence. North Carolina DECA also was recognized for posting a 13 percent increase in membership. North Carolina DECA currently has 6,504 members.

During the school year, students take part in the organization's competitive events program, which allows them to compete for local and regional titles. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students' academic understanding and skills development. The top state and provincial winners put their talents to the test during the program's final round of competition in Anaheim. The DECA International Career Development Conference was the pinnacle of competition where nearly 10,000 students vied for international honors. In addition, nearly $500,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for 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. For more information about DECA, please visit

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

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