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DECA: An Association of Marketing Students

Over 185,000 high school students in 5,000 chapters, located in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Guam benefit from the unparalleled network and curriculum–enhancing programs DECA provides for those with an interest in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. DECA helps students to develop skills for successful business careers, build self–esteem, experience leadership and practice community service. DECA members create friendships with like–minded people from all over the world at career and leadership conferences and build resumes that move them to the top of the job and college application list.

DECA Advances to State!


On Saturday, January 19, 2013 Woodrow Wilson High School’s DECA chapter invaded Lone Star High School in Frisco to participate in the District 7 (metroplex) DECA Career Development Conference and Competition. A conference attended by over 1100 students from across the area. Woodrow had 25 delegates registered for the conference. Under the Direction of new Woodrow DECA Advisor Cynthia Nickleberry, and long-time Advisor Tom Crabb, 18 Wildcats won the right to advance to the State Career Development Conference. The Texas DECA Career Development Conference will take place February 28 – March 2, 2013 in Corpus Christi

Wildcats advancing to state in the written presentation events are: In the Community Service category, the team of Abigail Quintero, Lorena Solis, and Madison Salazar with a Project on the Heart of Dallas organization, and the team of Sahidyt Arias, Corina Gaona, and Angela Garduno with a project on a Toy Drive for Scottish Rite Hospital, In Creative Marketing, the team of Alexis Gomez, Laura Cruz, and Edereida Hernandez with a project on the elimination of Styrofoam in the Hospitality Industry, also advancing to State, a team of Didra Flores, Berenice Faz, America Marchan with a chapter Public Relations project. Aden Shank, a DECA International veteran, also advances in Entrepreneurship.

In the individual role playing events, advancing to State are: Eli Cantu, and Adonus Richardson in Accounting, Evelyn Ruiz in Hospitality and Tourism, Margarito Rodriguez in Retail, and freshman John Gonzales in Finance. Gonzales is the only freshman in memory to ever advance to Texas DECA.
Proudly representing Woodrow at District and competing hard were: Jazmin Garay, Natalie Fagen, Jose Jaun Alaman, Jose Diaz, and Samira Villalobos.

This is the largest group of Wildcats to ever advance to State andMr. Crabb said, “We owe a lot of this success at District to the wonderful leadership of Mrs. Nickleberry in the written events.” Mrs. Nickleberry comes to Woodrow this year after 16 successful years as DECA Advisor and lead Academy of Hospitality and Tourism teacher at Townview. Under Nickleberry’s leadership at Townview, their DECA Chapter had a number of State winners in the written events. “I just have the students get on a team and push each other to write up a winning entry about a Chapter wide project”, she says.

Also joining Mrs. Nickleberry and Mr. Crabb from Woodrow on Saturday was Academy of Finance Coordinator Denise Tucker who worked the event as a judge. Mr. Crabb went on to say, “With Mrs. Nickleberry, and Mrs. Tucker’s wonderful dedication to Woodrow DECA, I think we will build this Chapter at Woodrow to the top Chapter in our new District.” Next Year Woodrow joins a newly expanded District 11 of only Dallas County Schools.

A winner at State this year will earn the right to go to Anaheim California at the end of April for the DECA International Career Development Conference.

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See Texas DECA Web Site for list of procedures and terms. Posted under District CDC Study Materials for Officers. www.texasdeca.org