DECA moves on to national competition

DECA was named a preferred chapter at DECA States, held March 4 through the March 6 in Norfolk. Twenty-eight students qualified to go to nationals, which will be held in Orlando, Fla. April 30 through May 4.

Additionally, Marshall is currently tied with Chantilly in the most first place DECA wins.

One of the DECA advisors, Jennifer Hendrickson, was recognized as one of several Outstanding DECA advisors, she said.

Seniors Ritika Jain, Jennie Felter and Christine Greve placed first for their “Orange Cones, No Phones” project. The team had also won an internship with Transurban in the inaugural contest of the same name.

Kubrom and seniors Katie McDowell and Jesse Peterson placed first for the second year in the category of Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan.

According to McDowell, her team’s board was “more prepared” than other schools. However, preparation at the state level does not necessarily mean an easy journey at nationals as, in the past, teams from Robinson Secondary school placed fourth at DECA states but placed first in DECA nationals.

But, Kubrom believed that the team will “just have to focus on our project,” to do well at nationals.