The virtual event, which took place Jan. 11-28, included "rigorous, industry-validated cluster exams" during the first week, followed by feedback from the judges.
When the second week arrived, students gave role-play presentations that showed their ability to respond to industry problems, as well as written presentations highlighting their research and long-term business plan development skills.
With so many awards, Foothill students had a 93% overall success rate, and 23 students in the top 3. They also placed in the top 10 in role play and written events during the ten day online conference.
Foothill DECA president Simone Pereira said, "NorCal was really exciting to pioneer on a virtual platform," adding "it was great seeing all the chapters find unique ways in preparing their members for competition."
The team called their performance the "start to an amazing competitive year," including their next showing at the State Career Development Conference later this month.
Prior to the conference, four team members -- Vishnu Nair, Michael Zong, Jason Yu, and Dylan Chidambaram -- were recognized in the Western Region during the 2021 DECA Stock Market Game, an online competition involving finance, portfolio management and stock analysis.
More than 500 students were tested on their practical and theoretical skills in real life business scenarios and subjects involving marketing, management, finance, hospitality and tourism, and more.
"The stock market game definitely encouraged our group to pay more attention to the world around us," Zong said. "Overall, there were a lot of ups and downs, but I feel that strong communication and adapting our strategies to the current market situation allowed us to ultimately be successful."
Nair, Zong and Yu placed 12th in the region, while Chidambaram finished in 17th place. The top 25 teams from each region will present their portfolios at the DECA Virtual International Career Development Conference in April.
Foothill DECA is seeking volunteers for the State Career Development Conference from Feb. 28 to March 2. Those interested in volunteering can contact [email protected]
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