Grayson County DECA took several top honors at the organization’s 16,000-participant International Career Development Conference in Anaheim. Senior Leah Zurmehly finished in the Top 10 in the Entrepreneurship Written event and was also on stage at the Grand Awards ceremony to receive DECA’s most prestigious scholarship, the Harry A. Applegate scholarship. Junior Kenadie Minton was also an event finalist during the final round of competition in the Entrepreneurship Participating, Creating a Franchise event and finished 12th. They were two of only four Kentucky students who medaled at the national conference.
Overall the Grayson County delegation finished strong as 22 of 32 chapter members received Certificates of Excellence for scoring at least 70% or above in their events. They were: Lauren Allen, Kacie Blain, Alisha Brown, Ivanna Coffey, Rachael Downs, Dawn Dunaway, Tara Dunaway, Kelsey Embry, Ashton Filburn, Kendra Goodman, Jacob Hart, Logan Hart, Jackson Henderson, Alisa Johnston, Maggie Lush, Kateline Metcalfe, Kenadie Minton, Megan Poindexter, Madi Thomas, Tyler White, Madyson Wieland, and Leah Zurmehly. Filburn also began her term as the Kentucky DECA VP of Membership.
DECA Advisor Tony Embry received recognition for his service as the Assistant Event Coordinator for the Entrepreneurship Participating Event. Cynthia Smith received recognition as the National DECA Advisor of the Year award.