DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) is an international association of high school (and college) students and teachers focusing on marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales service. The organization’s goal is to prepare leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in these fields.
In addition to Minton’s accomplishment, special recognition was given to Cody Swift, DECA Regional Parliamentarian, as well as Regional President Ashton Filburn for the outstanding job the two did in organizing this year’s DECA conference.
Grayson County High School, with 30 first place finishers, overwhelmed its competition by sweeping the top five spots at the regional meet:
- First Place was awarded to Blake Davis, who participated in Business Operations Research.
- Placing second in the competition was Kristen Davis, Business Operations Research.
- Placing third overall was Kelsey Embry, E-Ship Innovation Project.
- Fourth overall was Sam Embry, Sports and Entertainment.
- Placing fifth was Ashton Filburn, Creative Marketing Research.
“A very big congratulations to this group who have made history for our chapter, and thanks to each (person) for supporting these young folks and our organization,” Grayson County High School DECA chief Cynthia R. Smith said about the gifted and dedicated students and those who offer guidance and support to them.