DECA students with their advisors (l-r) Emily Edmison, Will Cothern, Jada Gardner, Samara Kulbeda, Morgan Negus, Tristan Grenead, Morgan Negus, Karlee Powell, Breonna Boyd, Kambria Ichikawa, and Joshua Dumas. SUBMITTED

Beech High School DECA members earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s annual International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Atlanta, Ga. on April 23-26.

Students receiving recognition at the international level were: Breonna Boyd, Kambria Ichikawa, and Karlee Powell, placing 5th in project management and business solutions. Morgan Cambron, Tristan Grenead, and Morgan Negus. Placing in the Top 10 with project management and sales project, and Will Cothern, Jada Gardner, and Samara Kulbeda, also placing in the Top 10 with integrate marketing campaign-event.

During the school year, approximately 100,000 of DECA’s 160,000 high school student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local, regional and state titles.

The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development.

The top state winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Atlanta. The DECA International Career Development Conference was the pinnacle of competition where nearly 18,000 students vied for international honors.

Over $300,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.

“Being recognized with other students from around the world was an amazing experience. It was nice to see all the work we’ve put into the project since last May receive recognition!” said, Morgan Cambron who was recognized at ICDC.

Beech High School DECA has a long history of success at the international level. Since 1998 the chapter has placed 58 events in the Top 10, and received seven 1st place, four 2nd place, and seven 3rd place awards at the international level.

This year the state of Tennessee had four events recognized in the Top 10 with three of those coming from BHS. The chapter members and advisors spend countless hours creating projects and presentations over the course of the school year.

Senior Karlee Powell said “DECA has been my favorite experience throughout my years at Beech. The best memory is getting called as a Top 10 finalist at ICDC and the whole chapter going crazy – I love my DECA family!”

The current advisors at BHS are Emily Edmison and Joshua Dumas. The two advisors share the responsibility of teaching the marketing course, running the school’s bookstore, and leading the competitive events program at the school.

Kambria Ichikawa, a junior, says “DECA is my favorite club. I love the advisors and the amazing friends and connections I’ve made the past years!”

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