DECA members advance to state

Special to the E-T
Eighteen Stephenville High School DECA members, advised by Brenda Burks, have advanced to the state competition taking place Feb. 20-22 in Dallas.

More than 1,175 students recently competed in the District 5 DECA Career Development Conference and 18 Stephenville High School students have advanced to the state competition.

Here’s a look at who has made it to state and in what category.

Victor Lumbreras, accounting applications series; Victoria Permann, apparel & accessories marketing individual series; Caroly Leija, business finance series; Chinmayee Lalgondar, entrepreneurship individual series; Miguel Carrillo, food marketing individual series; Cameron Bishop and Carys Hooper, hotel and lodging management individual series; Mitch Deckard and Maria Nelson, human resources management series; Paola Garcia, quick serve restaurant management series; Korina Mascorro, restaurant and food service management individual series; Kendra Roberson, retail merchandising individual series; Hagen Carter, sports and entertainment marketing individual series; Nirjal Upadhayay and Subarna Pokhrel, entrepreneurship team decision making; Rico Wood and Maricxa Gutierrez, travel and tourism team decision making; and Savannah Ivey, personal financial literacy events.

Others who competed were Gricelda Vazquez, Odalys Salazar, Nallely Martinez, Carissa Landes and Taylor Garza.

SHS junior Kendra Roberson not only advanced to state, but also served as the 2017-2018 District 5 president.

“Stephenville HS DECA received a certificate recognizing a successful National Membership Campaign; our student membership increased by 20 new members,” DECA advisor Brenda Burks said. “Congratulations to these students advancing to the state competition!”

The Texas DECA State Career Development Conference will take place Feb. 20-22 in Dallas.