Local News: Saline County Career Center DECA Chapter Enters State Competition (3/21/22)


The nine members of the SCCC chapter at the state competition included (left to right) Bailey Kueker, Holly Huston, Cynthia Martinez, Michelle Lin, Lizvet Menendez, Jessica Parada, Avery Evans, Xane Anderson and Kelly Stewart.

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DECA students at the Saline County Career Center reaped the rewards of their year-long classroom projects March 13-15.

At the Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference, five students qualified to present their projects and DECA role-plays at the next level, DECA’s International Career Development Conference, April 22-27 in Atlanta, Georgia.

At the state conference, several students presented projects they had been working on earlier in the school year and were evaluated by a jury of more than 100 business and industry professionals. The team of Holly Huston and Bailey Kueker placed in the top 10 with their integrated marketing event for A House for Stories Bookshop. Jessica Parada and Lizvet Menendez placed in the top 10, earning with their fundraising project Show Mercy a trophy for third place. Cynthia Martinez placed in the top 10 with her community awareness project Queens of the Mats. Xane Anderson placed in the top 10 with his startup business plan Asylum Speedshop. Kelly Stewart placed in the top 10 with her community Awareness Project Help in Top 10. Avery Evans placed in Top 10 with her Food Marketing Custom Roleplay. Michelle Lin placed in Top 10 with Principles of Marketing Event Roleplay and received a trophy for second place Space. All students who participated in the state were finalists in the state competition and received recognition and medals for their events.

Bailey Kueker and Holly Huston, 2022-2023 Missouri State Officials.

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This year, Michelle Lin, Jessica Parada, Lizvet Menendez, Holly Huston and Bailey Kueker will represent the SCCC Chapter at the ICDC with their April events.

The SCCC chapter was recognized this year for receiving Thrive status for its community, advertising and membership campaign efforts. During the state competition, SCCC DECA was recognized for completing the advocacy campaign in February and received a special plaque.

During the DECA State Conference, two SCCC-DECA chapter members stood as candidates for DECA State Officers. Prior to the awards ceremony, it was announced that next year Holly Huston will represent Missouri DECA as VP of Business Partnerships and Bailey Kueker will represent Missouri DECA as VP of Membership. This is a great honor bestowed upon these young leaders. This is a first chapter for SCCC DECA. They are the first to become officers of the chapter.


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