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Camas DECA Slays the Game at ICDC

One of the most exciting events for DECA students comes each spring: the International Conference, this year, hosted in Anaheim, California.

Besides getting to escape the less-than-sparkling recent PNW weather, these DECA finalists had the opportunity to travel to Southern California and compete for world titles in student business leadership skills.

More than 20,000 DECA members and advisors were in attendance at this competition, which began on April 26th and concluded on April 29th.

At the end of this week-long adventure, many Camas students came home with more than just killer tans, as these Papermakers broke all kinds of records. CHS’s chapter brought 25 of their qualifying members to this conference and had six of these competitors qualify as finalists.

Liz Schwartkopf and Ashley Miles brought home the win, clinching that “first in the world” title in Automotive Service and Restaurant and Food Services respectively. Other finalists include Kevin Chen, Cami Kirby, and Kendra Horvath, who placed second in the Creative Marketing Project, and Skylar Becerra and Xiansheng Yan, who placed within the top ten in the category of Business Service Operations Management.

When these DECA members were not busy competing, they explored Disneyland, Universal Studios, and relaxed by the pool; sounds like a pretty great way to spend a week away from school work and rain!

While the official forecasting period has closed for the 2017-2018 school year, it is never too late to enroll in a DECA-related class. It is an organization that prepares students for careers in all areas of the business field through competition; participants are asked to solve business scenarios or research a particular business in order to suggest improvements. The club aims to equip the next generation with skills in the areas of leadership, professionalism, and community leadership. The clubs advisors are David Johnson and Suzie Downs

If you are interested in a professional career in business or are wanting to explore potential career development in a financial field, visit their site at  to learn more!

Congratulations again to all of the Papermakers who qualified for this competition, and best of luck to all of the DECA seniors as they head off to college next fall!

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