The Clendenin Leader West Virginia Schools and education

By: Briana Warner, Communications Director | For Immediate Release: Mar. 22, 2018 | Source: KCBOE

Charleston, West Virginia – Forty-three high school students from Herbert Hoover High School, Nitro High School, Sissonville High School and St. Albans High School have qualified to compete in the national competition at the DECA International Career Development Conference April 21 – 24 in Atlanta, GA. DECA is a nonprofit international student organization that prepares students for a future in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

At the international conference, Kanawha County Schools students – ranging from high school freshmen to seniors – will compete in a variety of events in areas including, but not limited to: hospitality services team decision making, hospitality and tourism professional selling, financial services team decision making, buying and merchandising team decision making, human resources and quick serve.

All students placing first or second in the state (indicated in light blue below), qualified to compete at the national competition.To qualify for the International Competition, DECA student members run a campaign and give a speech in front of 300+ DECA members and advisors at the WV Career Development Conference (CDC).  They also had to go through an interview and take an exam. There are individual, team, written, and chapter events within a variety of subject areas. Areas range from accounting to quick serve, and from advertising to the stock market. The first and second place winners at CDC qualify for ICDC.


DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 215,000 members in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. The United States Congress, the United States Department of Education and state, district and international departments of education authorize DECA’s programs.

DECA is organized into two unique student divisions each with programs designed to address the learning styles, interest and focus of its members. The High School Division includes 200,000 members in 3,500 schools. The Collegiate Division includes over 15,000 members in 275 colleges and universities.