Pottstown High DECA Team Succeeds in PA Contest

Pottstown High DECA Team Succeeds in PA Contest

POTTSTOWN PA – Two Pottstown High School DECA Club members qualified to participate in a coming international competition, and several others won awards and recognitions during an annual Pennsylvania Career Development Conference, the Pottstown School District reported Monday (March 7, 2022).

The 16-member team (at right) was guided by high school teachers and advisers Victoria McShea and Kevin Pascal. DECA is a global non-profit organization dedicated to education of students interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. This year’s state competition was the first held in-person in two years.

Competitors take a written test and participate in role play challenges, in which students must respond in a professional manner to problematic scenarios. Questions from judges and performance indicators are key aspects of the role plays. A content exam presents 100 questions to test competitors’ knowledge of subjects in their respective categories or study.

Among the Pottstown competitors:

  • Senior Jayniana Williams placed first in hotel and lodging management, and also received a medallion for having the highest role-play score in the category;
  • Mackenzie Moser earned a medallion for the highest role play in the business service marketing category, and also was recognized for contributing to a gold-level certification of the Trojan Shop, a school-based enterprise at Pottstown High School;
  • Freshman Cheniya Boyer was awarded a medallion for the highest test score in the state in the Principles of Finance category.

As a whole, the Pottstown team was honored with a 2021-2022 DECA Membership Campaign Award, and named as a Tier 1 DECA Chapter for its plan of action.

Competitors take a written test and participate in role play challenges, where students are given scenarios that they have to respond to in a professional manner. Questions from the judges and performance indicators are key aspects of the role plays. The content test includes one hundred questions that test the competitor’s knowledge in their competitive categories.

“I am proud of our students, who continuously show their dedication to self-improvement and leadership,” McShea said,

In addition to Williams, Moser, and Boyer, team members and their categories include:

  • Alianna Samuel, Integrated Marketing Campaign – Product;
  • Jamie Freese, Integrated Marketing Campaign – Product;
  • Michelle Castillo, Business Growth Plan;
  • Daishawnia Dean, Business Growth Plan;
  • Gerle Jimenez-Gomez, Business Growth Plan;
  • Melody Jackson, Innovation Plan;
  • Josiah Wilson, Innovation Plan;
  • Peyton Benfield, Marketing Management Team Decision Making;
  • Makenna Franey, Marketing Management Team Decision Making;
  • Elizabeth Adedeji, Principles of Marketing;
  • Adam Alaoui, Job Interview;
  • Daniela Castillo, Principles of Finance; and
  • Dasia Thornton-Bey, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.

Photos provided by the Pottstown School District