Smithfield-Selma High School (SSS) students competed February 23-25, 2023 at the annual NC DECA Career Development Conference (CDC). DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) is a business club that aims to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to excel in their future careers.
97% of chapters from all over the state arrived at the Greensboro Koury Convention Center to compete, network, and attend workshops. Additionally, a select number of chapters were given awards for their hard work in improving their chapter.
SSS DECA members worked hard to earn high placements in their selected events. If they are a top 6 finalist in their selected event, they are given a chance to compete at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), or, if they are an overall finalist, they are given the chance to participate in workshops at ICDC.
The SSS DECA members who achieved an award and a chance to advance to ICDC were: Jude Reece for 2nd place in Human Resources Management, Greer Lee and Bryannah Harbinson Wheeler for Finalist in the Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making and Jackeline Garcia Ulloa, Sherelle Mcdaniel, and Joseph Evans for 1st place in the Innovation Plan Event.
SSS student and DECA member Stuart Guerrero-Hernandez said, “It’s a great opportunity and it gives students the chance to take learning from inside the classroom to real-world scenarios.”