Four business students from Tulsa Memorial High School came home winners from the 58th Annual DECA Career Development Conference in Oklahoma City earlier this week, thus qualifying them for national competition.
By winning at the state level, the five Memorial students were the only competitors from a Tulsa Public High School to qualify for national DECA competition to be held in April in Anaheim, Calif. DECA, Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a national organization of marketing students.
Competing against students from high schools throughout the state, three Memorial students earned first place honors. Blake Rambo placed first in Business Services Marketing; Brandon Brown nabbed the top prize in Retail Merchandising, Management Level; and Abbey Sorem was the top finisher in the Program of Work.
Second place winners were Melissa Adams in Retail Merchandising, Management Level, and Sarah Craig in Apparel and Accessories Marketing, Management Level competition.
Another Memorial DECA student who competed in Oklahoma City, Brett Paschal, was a state finalist in the Apparel and Accessories Marketing, Associate Level category.
The Memorial students are under the direction of Business and Marketing teacher (and DECA adviser) Judy Johnson.