Arizona DECA student gain valuable experience

The Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) chapters from Willow Canyon High School, Valley Vista High School, Dysart High School, and Shadow Ridge High School recently competed in the Arizona DECA District 6 Leadership Conference at Arizona State University in Tempe. The conference allows students to compete in various business and marketing events and are aligned with national curriculum standards and industry validated.

Willow Canyon received their best results in recent years with 11 total medals in several different events. Four students received first place, four students received second place, and three students received third place in their respective events. Willow Canyon also had many first time competitors place in their events.

Valley Vista received eight medals including two first place medals, three second place medals, and one third place medal. Valley Vista also had several students place in the top five of their events for testing and role play.

Dysart High school found success in several events with over 11 medals, including six first place medals, one second place medal, and two third place medals.

Shadow Ridge had over 15 students receive test medals, 11 students receive first place medals, six students receive second place medals, and 12 students receive third place medals.

The students will have the opportunity to compete at the DECA State Career Development Conference February 23-25 in Phoenix, where they will compete against over 2,000 students from across the state.

DECA is a premier student organization that supports the development of marketing and management skills in career areas such as hospitality, finance, sales and service, business administration, and entrepreneurship. DECA is one of the many Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities offered to prepare students for the academic and vocational skills necessary to successfully enter the workforce. Learn more at