WCCTC DECA members place at state

DECA district winners from the Webster County Career and Technology Center participated in the 2014 DECA State Career Development Conference in Jackson on Feb. 24-25.

Jessica Surma and Corrina Windrick earned third place in Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making. Their competition required them to individually complete a 100-question cluster exam and to work as a team using decision-making strategies to solve a business problem within a 30-minute time frame.

Jessica Surma, Corrina Windrick and Joseph McKee

Jessica Surma, Corrina Windrick and Joseph McKee

Their teamwork included reading a business case study they had never seen before and analyzing a combination of elements essential to the effective operation of that specific business. Contracts, liability, employment and advertising were topics that Jessica and Corrina had to address within the case study.

The ethics component involved evaluating arguable social values. The team presented their case study solutions to a qualified business executive who served as judge.

Joseph McKee placed fifth in Principles of Business Administration and Management. As a participant, Joseph completed a 100-question business administration core exam that measured proficiency in knowledge and skills in marketing, finance, hospitality, and business management and administration.

Joseph also participated in a one-on-one content interview with a business executive. After being assigned a task to accomplish, Joseph had 10 minutes to construct an effective, efficient and spontaneous response to the task.

Although Jessica, Corrina and Joseph have qualified to participate at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta in May, they will be unable to attend because of a conflict with SATP2 state testing.

Dionne Hodges, WCCTC DECA adviser states, “This is our second year as a DECA student organization and our first year to participate in competitions. Jessica, Corrina and Joseph are exemplary students, both in and out of the classroom. They are excellent role models for other students in Business Fundamentals, WCCTC and DECA, and now they hold the honor of bringing home our first state and district medallions.

“I consider it a privilege to serve as their adviser, and I look forward to what next year has in store for WCCTC DECA under their student leadership.”