Foothill DECA takes top honors in managerial competition

Students take home 121 in three-day conference

Foothill's entrepreneur program, DECA, won high honors at a recent San Ramon career skills competition.

Students secured six first-place awards, four second-place awards and seven third-place awards in the Northern California Career Development Conference in San Ramon from Jan. 15-17.

Overall, the team brought home 121 awards in the competition that tested students' skills in marketing, advertising, sales and hospitality management, among other categories.

"My favorite part of this conference was feeling the electricity of our team spirit fill the room, as our students cheered on one another with undeniable Falcon pride," Foothill DECA adviser Tami Raaker said.

The team competed against about 1,600 high school students in 40 categories, and the competitions included a combination of presentations, written projects and a comprehensive industry exam.

Foothill's first-place winners were Tanvi Antoo, Sofia Moskalenko, Edward Im, Ananth Kumar, Rithvik Sunku, Mihir Weling, Ardin Lo, Raymond Peng and Praveen Ravisankar.

DECA president Ardin Lo said he "loved being able to compete and truly apply all of our classroom learning to real-world situations."

DECA is now preparing for the State Career Development Conference in San Diego in March.

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4 people like this
Posted by Keelie
a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 28, 2016 at 10:41 am

Great job!! I met many of these wonderful young adults, when they volunteered at the Foothill HS annual fundraiser called Falcon Royale in November. I was in charge of all the volunteers & these DECA students were on time, attentive & helpful. Hard work paid off.

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