Four Warren County Career Center Students Advance to DECA State Competition

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WARREN, Pa. – The district competition for DECA looked a little different this year, but Warren County Career Center students still found a way to make it a big success. 

(Photo: Josh Smith) 

The event, because of COVID-19 regulations, went all virtual, and four WCCC students – Josh Smith, Macey Eyler, Kendra Chase and Paige Dexter, qualified for states. 

“I’m so proud of them,” said DECA Advisor and marketing teacher Cathie Cummings. “This year was unique – usually they go in front of a judge. This year, DECA had a system that they went into and recorded their role play and submitted it.”

DECA, per its website (www.deca.org), ‘prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.’

The district competition consisted of a 100-point multiple-choice test as well as a role play, where students were given a scenario to a real-world situation in marketing or business and were tasked with finding a solution and presented their solution to a judge. 

There are individual and team portions of the competition, with the top two in each category advancing to states.   

Along with the Warren County Career Center, students from Bradford, Brookville, Ridgway, Smethport and St. Marys are part of District One DECA as well. 

Paige Dexter and Kendra Chase

Smith placed first in the Business Services Marketing Event and also earned the highest test score and the highest overall score for the entire district competition. This will be his third consecutive trip to states. 

Eyler, meanwhile, placed second in the Automotive Services Marketing event and will be making her second trip to states. 

Chase and Dexter are first-year marketing students and took second in the Entrepreneurship TEAM event. 

“I’m so excited that they still got to compete,” Cummings said. “They are still learning a lot from it.”

The virtual competition took place on Nov. 30, with the Zoom awards ceremony on Dec. 17. 

They have gone through the state competition and did their tets and roll plays, which are being judged this week. Normally, the state competition would be held in Hershey, but again, is being conducted virtually because of COVID. 

They will know toward the end of February if anyone placed for the national competition. 

In addition, a pair of Warren County residents, Tim Holter of Prudential and John Papalia of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, served as judges for the district competition.

“We’re so grateful they volunteered,” Cummings said.