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DECA MEMBERS CELEBRATE STATE VICTORIES

LOCAL MARKETING STUDENTS REPRESENT THEIR SCHOOL AT REGIONAL COMPETITION

On December 6, 2016, marketing students from the Darlington County Institute of Technology (DCIT) joined other marketing students across the region for the Region II DECA competitive events which were held at Westwood High School in Blythewood, SC.  DECA is an international organization for marketing students with over 180,000 members in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Puerto Rico whose main purpose is to develop leadership and business skills in today’s aspiring marketing students.  DECA also provides opportunities for students to network with industry leaders and earn recognition in competitive events.  There are three DECA regions in South Carolina.  Courses available at DCIT which allow membership in DECA are Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Business Law, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

Advisor Pam Smith works with business and marketing teachers Latrica Jackson and Bert Sandifer, as well as with other staff members and industry professionals to prepare students for the competition by having them complete sample written and computer tests, prepare a variety of related classroom assignments, and participate in role play situations related to their event. Each competitor had to take an on-line business content test at the school in November and they had ten minutes to read and prep for their role play on December 6.  Students placing in the top ten in their event were awarded a medallion and certificate on stage in front of their peers during an awards ceremony.  The following DCIT students were honored for placing in their respective event.

Cindy Martinez

Accounting Applications Series

2nd Place

Haydon Norwood

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

2nd Place

Jakayla McCollough

Accounting Applications Series

3rd Place

Emilie Brown

Hotel and Lodging Management

3rd Place

Brooklyn Sylvester

Apparel and Accessories Marketing

3rd Place

Tiera Mumford

Accounting Applications Series

Top Ten

Jada Zimmerman

Apparel and Accessories Marketing

Top Ten

Gunnar Outlaw

Automotive Services Marketing

Top Ten

Kaneshia Davis

Marketing Communication Series

Top Ten

Alexis Martin

Marketing Communication Series

Top Ten

Faith Mills

Marketing Communication Series

Top Ten

Allyssia Moore

Marketing Communication Series

Top Ten

Latavia Jackson

Quick-Service Restaurant Management

Top Ten

Timquasha Sanchious

Quick-Service Restaurant Management

Top Ten

Knowledge Carroway

Restaurant and Food Service Management Series

Top Ten

Elijah Vaughn

Restaurant and Food Service Management Series

Top Ten

D’Onquay McAllister

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Top Ten

Christine Roundtree

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Top Ten


All of these students qualify to compete at the state level.  The state competitive events will be held in North Charleston, SC March 2-4, 2017.  If they can place in the top three at state competition, they are eligible to go to the International DECA Conference in Anaheim, CA in April 26-29, 2017.

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