Sixteen students from the Warren County Career Center will compete at the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) State competition on Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 26-28, in Hershey.
Marketing Teacher Cathie Cummings said, "The students will attend the opening ceremonies and then the students will be taking a multiple choice test for their event on Wednesday."
"On Thursday the students will have a role play situation. The role play requires the students to find a solution to a real-world situation in their business or marketing event and present their solution to a judge." she said. "The awards ceremony will take place Friday morning."
Students competing in individual events are Destinee Power (Restaurant & Food Services Management), Reilly Franklin (Principles of Finance), Lauren Frazier (Marketing Management), Leah Gorgacz (Sports & Entertainment Marketing), Alyssa Kotar (Business Services Marketing) and Sheldon McMeans (Principles of Finance).
For team competitions, Bethany See and Amber Skinner (Hospitality Services), Devin Sharp and Rick Hasselman (Travel & Tourism), Kaitlyn Brown and Emily Ponce (Hospitality Services), Jon Shelton and Darin Francisco (Sports & Entertainment Marketing) and Shannon Saporito and Shelby Graham (Financial Services).
The students will be chaperoned by Cummings, Beth Hornick, WCCC Business teacher; and Michael McElhaney, Warren Area High School teacher.
The chaperones will each drive a van, leaving Warren on Wednesday morning and returning Friday afternoon.
Five other students had qualified for the competition, but will not make the trip because of conflicting schedules.
In addition to the competitions, the students will participate in workshops including attitudes, marketing careers, public speaking, personal finance and career choice for individual personalities.