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Local DECA Members Compete at State Career Development Conference

Students of the Parkway Central Chapter of Missouri DECA: An Association of Marketing Students joined over more than 1,350 high school marketing students at the annual state career development conference held March 19-21, 2006 at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri. Students receiving recognition of individual ability and achievement at the state level were: - David Bour, 2nd Place - Advertising Campaign - Guy Halperin, 3rd Place - Retail Merchandising Management - Evan Singer, 4th Place - Entrepreneurship Promotion Project - Josh Little, 5th Place - Food Marketing Associate Level - Nick Protopsaltis, 5th Place - Food Marketing Management Level - Erik Margulies, 6th Place - Marketing Management These students will advance to international level competition at the International DECA Career Development Conference that will be held April 28 to May 3, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. Only 350 of Missouris 8,500 student members earn the privilege to represent the state association at this intense level. DECA competitive events are designed to contribute to the development of competencies needed for careers in marketing, management and merchandising, to motivate students to assume responsibility for self-improvement and self-discipline, to assist students in acquiring a realistic self-concept through individual and group activities and to provide visibility for the educational goals and objectives of marketing education. DECA is the only international organization specifically designed to reinforce the occupational competencies of high school students who wish to pursue a career in marketing, merchandising or management. Over 180,000 students from the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are involved in this organization.