Konkrete Kid DECA Members off to Atlanta

    Konkrete Kid DECA Members off to Atlanta
    submitted by Tara Mrazik

    This past February, 142 of Northampton Area High School’s DECA members competed at the annual Pennsylvania DECA State Career Development Conference at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The students competed in written events or competency-based roleplay events. Students either qualified at the District Conference in December, or completed a written event, where they were tasked with writing a 5-30 page paper; followed by giving a 15 minute presentation. During the three day conference, students had the opportunity to attend various development workshops, network with over 2,300 other DECA members from around the state, connect with ambassadors from various collegiate institutes, and hear from some of National DECA’s keynote speakers, including Jaron May, Executive President, and Mason Maverick Smith, North Atlantic Region Vice President. These activities were able to both prepare and excite students about competing in their specific event on the second day of the conference. Some of the competitive events that Northampton’s students participated in include Automotive Services, Community Service Project, Finance Operations Research, Franchise Business Plan, Quick Serve Restaurant Management, and many more. For 61 of Northampton’s competitors, the hard work had paid off as they qualified for the International Career Development Conference, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia this April. Northampton had a whopping total of 78 finalists, which included 14 first place winners. The Northampton High School DECA chapter had the most students qualify from any one school this year.
    In addition, businesses in our community are welcome to make a donation to help defray the costs of the exceptional opportunity. Anyone able to make a donation should contact Mrs. Tara Mrazik at 610-262-7812 ext. 12307 or mrazikt@nasdschools.org. The organization can also be contacted through messages sent to its facebook page listed below, or by reaching out to a qualifying student. The support of our community over the years has been truly remarkable. The DECA International Career Development Conference runs from April 21-24 at the Georgia World Conference center, where the Konkrete Kids will try to make this already impressive year of competition even more limitless. To learn more about Northampton DECA, please contact Tara Mrazik at mrazikt@nasdschools.org , or visit the organization’s Facebook page by searching “Northampton High School DECA

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