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MRHS DECA Students Receive Top Honors at International Career Development Conference

MRHS DECA took 16 students to the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga. on April 23-26, 2022.

All students represented MRHS well, with 5 getting top honors:


Mason Epperly, top test score (Financial Consulting)

Niyathi Gorantla, top role play (Human Resources Management)


Sophia Freeman, Event Finalist (top 10 in the world!) in Marketing Communications

Sachi Akmal, 3rd place (in the world!) in Retail Merchandising

Mahita Desaraju, 3rd place (in the world!) in Innovation Plan


During the school year, approximately 100,000 of DECA’s 160,000 high school student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local, regional and state titles. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. The top state winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Atlanta. The DECA International Career Development Conference was the pinnacle of competition where nearly 18,000 students vied for international honors. Over $300,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.

In addition to career-based competition, DECA members engaged in leadership academies and networking opportunities with over 70 internationally-recognized businesses and universities.

DECA students receive top honors

DECA students receive top honors











About DECA Inc.
DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs who are interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. DECA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with more than 225,000 members in 4,000 high school and college chapters in all 50 United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany.

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