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Local teens qualify for DECA state competition

Friday, Jan. 24 | By Contributed article
Five students from Fauquier High School and one from Kettle Run High School qualified for state Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) competition by taking top honors at the district level during the 2014 DECA District Leadership Conference Jan. 8 in Winchester, VA.

Through role plays and interviews, more than 300 students from eight schools competed in 16 categories testing their marketing, management and entrepreneurial skills.

FHS students Gavin Cranford, Hayley Waleska, Robert Morrison, Haley Minter and Bailey Culver qualified to represent their school at the state level. To advance to state-level competition, the students won first, second or third place overall, as follows:

 Gavin Cranford – first in channel management role play and first overall in sports and entertainment marketing
 Hayley Waleska – first in hygiene role play, first overall and second on the written test in full service restaurant management
 Robert Morrison – first in role play and third overall in hotel and lodging management
 Haley Minter – third overall in business services marketing
 Bailey Culver – third overall in accounting

KRHS student Ashley Shiels, pictured at left, qualified to compete at states in the apparel and accessories marketing category by taking first place on the test and third overall.

Three Liberty High School DECA students placed fourth overall, narrowly missing qualification for state competition.
The DECA State Leadership Conference will be held Feb. 28 through March 2 in Virginia Beach. Students who place in the top three at state competition will advance to national competition at the International Career Development Conference to be held May 3-6 in Atlanta, GA.

Business/marketing teachers serving as DECA advisors at FCPS high schools are Kathleen Evans, Fauquier High School; Debbie Embrey, Kettle Run High School; and Valerie Hermes, Liberty High School.

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