Fresh off their award-winning performances at the Northern California DECA District Conference, more than 100 Amador Valley High School students are bringing their skills to the statewide competition in Anaheim today.
"All the hard work of the members of Amador Valley DECA paid off at Nor-Cal. We are so proud of all those who attended and excelled in competition," said Joan Hong, co-president of Amador Valley DECA.
First-place finishers in team events were Alice Deng and Melody Huang for hospitality services, Janel Lee and Joan Hong for financial services and Aaron Shreve and Siddharth Seth, in sports and entertainment marketing team decision making.
Sam Lyou also took first place in business service marketing and Nethra Raman won second place for human resources management.
Shreve and Seth had some tips on how they excelled in their event.
"The key to success for us was confidence, if you don't believe in yourself there's no way you can preform at your highest level," Seth said after the grand awards session.
"The road ahead is a strenuous one, but I believe with enough preparation and dedication, Siddharth and I will be able to achieve our goal of placing at the state conference," Shreve added.
Those who qualified at Nor-Cal headed to the state competition Thursday in Anaheim with the hope of moving on to the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta in May.
For more than a decade, Amador Valley DECA has been preparing students to enter business by providing them with world class business skills. Its 380 members are learning how they can become leaders in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management through classroom studies and real-life experience.