Foothill High students took home a record-breaking 69 awards at the DECA Northern California Career Development Conference in San Ramon last month.
In total, 27 students placed in the top three spots, cinching multiple glass trophies for their team in the categories of business services marketing, entrepreneurship innovation plan, and human resource management.
DECA is a global career technical organization that helps students prepare for marketing, finance and hospitality careers, while also imparting them with new communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills.
Last spring, Foothill finished the competition season by moving onto finals or placing in several categories at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla., and are aiming to do even better this year.
The Jan. 17-19 conference tested students' knowledge with meticulous cluster exams, written presentations and role playing. Prior to the event, the team joined more than 1,500 students from other schools in the region to test their practical and theoretical skills in a variety of real-life business scenarios.
"Having the opportunity to train our DECA competitors was extremely rewarding. Our members are not only hard-working and passionate about DECA, but have so much potential; NorCal CDC was only the start of it all," said Angela Chen, Foothill DECA's director of training.
Foothill DECA team co-president Trinity Chang said the event "has always been such an amazing special experience for me."
"Being a senior this year really has put things into perspective," Chang said. "I have learned the importance of research in the field of marketing and innovation, and also the importance of teamwork. I will forever be grateful for the memories and people I've met."
Foothill DECA's other co-president, Jacob Bolano, also added that NorCal "has given (him) an opportunity to network and meet new individuals who share the same interests."
The team is currently seeking volunteers and donations to attend the State Career Development Conference, which takes place from Feb. 28 to March 2. If you are interested, email email@example.com.