Top Honors for Hilo High DECA Students February 26, 2016, Hilo, Hawaii – Hilo High DECA Students garnered state honors at the Hawaii DECA Career Development Conference held Feb. 24-26 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Kenneth Kitahata collected first place in Marketing Management, along with first place in the exam and Judges’ Choice medallions for two roleplay events.

The team of Lopaka O’Connor and Jack Peterson placed first place in Financial Services and earned a Judges’ Choice medallion for their roleplay event. O’Connor also took first in the exam. The duo Mayuko Yoshida and Liza Saludares collected third place in Travel and Tourism. Kai Garson-Shumway picked up two Judges’ Choice medallions for his role play events. Lucy Ramirez collected a Judges’ Choice medallion.

Students also attending were: Devon Paulson, Elijah Tomas, Dustin DeReis, Fiona Supan, Emily Kerr, Stephen Panoff, Dennis Palad, and Meynard Ballesteros. Club advisors Sherilyne Len and Patrick Jenkins, and volunteer coach Kolby Proctor accompanied the students. DECA is an international business organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Competition for top rankings at the two-day statewide event was fierce, with over 200 Hawaii DECA students from 12 chapters in attendance.

Performance is based on two assessments: a business roleplay event and written exam, and combined scores qualify students for overall recognition. Kitahata, O’Connor, Petrison, Yoshida, and Saludares will now compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville, TN on April 23-26, 2016. Hilo High DECA is currently fundraising for the trip, and is reaching out for support from the public to cover travel expenses to ICDC.

Any questions please contact Advisor Ms. Len at (808) 313-5589 or “[email protected]”, and at Hilo High School, 556 Waianuenue Avenue, box #39. Visit the “Hilo High School DECA” Facebook page for photos and more information