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DECA at KGHS makes it count in Virginia Beach for State Leadership Conference

56 DECA members – 8 Chaperones – 1 DECA Advisor – 3 DECA Alumni College Interns – 40 Medals – 8 Trophies – 2 Plaques – 1 Scholarship – Making It Count!

DECA at King George High School really “Brought the Heat” to the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference (SLC) Feb. 28 to March 2 in Virginia Beach!  This year marked the 13th year that DECA at KGHS has competed at this conference bringing its largest delegation of 56 competitors!  And these competitors really took the stage!  
On Friday, DECA at KGHS presented and participated in campaigning for their own candidate for State Office – Sha’Tiva Harvey.  Anna Kniceley interviewed as a finalist for the Virginia DECA Scholarship at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC), Virginia DECA’s home for the weekend!  The rest of the afternoon was spent at Beach Quarters Resort practicing for competitions, unpacking, and ironing professional dress clothes!  KG DECA was also spelled out in the sand!

After dinner, it started to “Heat Up” at the Beach!  DECA at KGHS hit the stage at the VBCC in front of 3200+ DECA members, advisors, and chaperones from all parts of Virginia to receive Re-Certification for their School Based Enterprise – Fox Stox School Store – accepted by Kourtney Miller and Colton Southall – Competing in ATLANTA!  Meghan Yanchulis accepted the Blue Chip – highest honor – for the Chapter Program of Work Annual Report – it’s a really big trophy because it’s a notebook of everything DECA at KGHS has done in the last year!  District 19 President Samantha Fedak and District 19 Advisor Mrs. Dee Strauss were recognized for their work in their District positions.   Anna Kniceley won the Diane Tremblay Virginia DECA Foundation Scholarship for $1000.  And Sha’Tiva Harvey was introduced as a candidate for Region 3 Vice President.  

Competitive Events began in earnest on Saturday at VBCC.   From Individual Series to Team Decision to Written to Professional Selling the practice paid off!  After dinner Saturday night, DECA at KGHS was on stage!  Jackie Collins and Michael Hundley earned medals for their Advertising Campaign presentation, Sha’Tiva Harvey earned a medal for her Professional Selling presentation, Zak Kegley earned a medal for his test score in Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making Event and Kegley and his team-mate Corey Henderson earned medals for their presentation.  Blake Clift and Lane Ward earned medals for their presentation in Sports & Entertainment Team Decision Making Event. Meghan Yanchulis earned a medal in her Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling Event.  Ryshauna Graham earned a medal for her test in Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan. Brie Bancroft, Gabi Caron, and Deon Johnson earned medals for their Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan.  Advisor Mrs. Dee Strauss was also recognized and received a plaque as Outstanding DECA Advisor at this Awards Session.

Early Sunday morning at VBCC, the Voting Delegates – Anna Kniceley, Meghan Yanchulis, and Clara Brabo – listened to all candidate speeches and voted for the next year DECA State Officer Team.   Although the Region 3 Vice President spot ended up with a different person, Sha’Tiva Harvey plans to run for Chapter Office.

The rest of KG DECA joined these students for the Grand Awards session at the Virginia Beach Convention Center Hall A & B! 

Here is the list of medal winners and finalists:
Team Decision Making Events:
Chase Manard & Hunter Tolliver – Medal Winners in Business Law & Ethics.  – Competing in ATLANTA!
Corey Henderson & Zak Kegley – Medal Winners in Travel & Tourism  – Competing in ATLANTA!

Operations Research:
Anna Kniceley – Medal Winner in Business Services Operations Research Event
Garrett Blom, Thomas Jenkins, and Jacob Bethem – Medal Winners in Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research

(These gentlemen were invited to attend the Leadership Development Academy in Atlanta!)

Gena Scheerschmidt – Medal Winners in Sports & Entertainment Marketing Operations Research
(This young lady was invited to attend the Senior Management Institute in Atlanta!))

Elena DeLaRosa & Gabby Bueche – Medal Winners and FINALISTS in Sports & Entertainment Marketing Operations Research – Competing in ATLANTA!

Chapter Projects:
Lena Easingwood & Rebecca Leonard – Medal Winners and FINALISTS  in Community Service Project – Competing in ATLANTA!

Clara Brabo, Kelly Shea, & Briana Scott – Medal Winners and FINALISTS in Public Relations Campaign – Competing in ATLANTA!

Entrepreneurship Events:
Taylor Courtney – Medal Winners and FINALIST in Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan – Competing in ATLANTA!
Samantha Fedak & Matthew Wright – Medal Winners in Entrepreneurship Written Event.
(She was invited to attend the Thrive Academy & He was invited to attend the Senior Management Institute in Atlanta!))

Alexis Schmidt & Savannah Dougherty – Medal Winners in International Business Plan
Jordan Lee – Medal Winner in Entrepreneurship Participating Independent Event – Competing in ATLANTA!

Marketing Representative Events:
Jackie Collins & Michael Hundley – Medal Winners and FINALISTS in Advertising Campaign – Competing in ATLANTA!

Gabi Caron, Brie Bancroft & Deon Johnson – Medal Winners and FINALISTS in Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan – Competing in ATLANTA!

Professional Selling Events:
Meghan Yanchulis – Medal Winner in Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling
Sha’Tiva Harvey – Medal Winner and FINALIST in Professional Selling – Competing in ATLANTA!
Kathryn Strauss and Savannah Carabin have also been invited to the Thrive Academy in ATLANTA!
DECA at KGHS also earned recognition for the DECA Membership Campaigns earning a possible 3 spots at the Thrive Academy in ATLANTA and was recognized as a Super Star Chapter with preferred seating and also recognized for the Chapter’s participation in Virginia DECA Day!  Anna Kniceley and Samantha Fedak  were Honor Society Inductees and Anna was also a Merit Award Recipient!

Also attending this conference with KG DECA as Chaperones were Alumni KG DECA members Mr. & Mrs. David Miller, Ms. Shannon Tolliver, Ms. Kendall Eskey, and Ms. Nicole Paulsen – all previous SLC competitors and winners.  Also attending as Chaperones were KGHS Assistant Principal Mrs. Jennifer Collins and Mr. & Mrs. John Rinko.  KG School Board Member Mr. T.C. Collins visited the VBCC to observe the event on Saturday.  And currently in college KG DECA Alumni Kendall Powel (UMW), Cole Pates-Clift (GCC), and Carrisa Jeffers (JMU) were at this conference as College Interns and very supportive of their KG DECA Chapter!

What a great weekend for these wonderful students – now they will Bring The Heat to ATLANTA May 2-7, 2014!  For more information on DECA – please visit www.deca.org, www.vadeca.org, www.kgdeca.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram – @KG DECA  

To support these students on this ICDC Competitive Activity, please contact Advisor Mrs. Dee Strauss at 540-903-0573 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  All donations welcome!

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