Foothill finishes strong at DECA Conference in Orlando

Students move to finals in several categories at annual career competition

Foothill High School’s DECA team capped a prolific competition season with a strong finish recently at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Several students moved onto finals or placed overall in several categories at the annual event -- held April 26 to May 1.

After sweeping 73 awards in March at the State Career Development Conference in Anaheim, the Foothill team advanced to the global competition, where they went up against numerous competitors from the United States, Canada, China, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, Japan, Germany, Spain and Turkey. Foothill DECA co-president Rithvik Sunku, who is graduating at the end of the month, called the event “a great way to cap off my DECA journey.”

“I was very impressed with the work put in by all who competed, regardless of the outcome,” Sunku said. “The underclassmen and juniors were able to gain valuable experience that will prove very beneficial to our chapter’s success in the long run.”

DECA is an international career technical organization helping students prepare for careers in marketing, finance and hospitality, while also teaching them new skills in communication, critical thinking and collaboration.

Jacob Bolano, Kylie Maeda and Trinity Chang made the top 10 for Integrated Marketing Communication Service, and Mihir Weling placed in the Quick Serve Restaurant Management Top 20.

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