King George DECA students advance to State Leadership Conference

King George High School DECA students gather at the DECA District Leadership Conference at the Spotsylvania Towne Center in November.

High school DECA chapters in District 19 competed in the DECA District Leadership Conference at the Spotsylvania Towne Center in November. Teams from Brooke Point, Colonial Forge, King George, Mountain View and Washington & Lee high schools competed in 22 events.

King George DECA students were winners in the following events and will advance to compete at the State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach in March 2019: Job Interview: Troy Spillman; Selling: Anthony Romagna; Social Media: Caitlyn Matthews; Principle of Hospitality and Tourism: Natalie Pelto; Business Finance Series: Stephanie Cooke; Food Marketing Series: Kaniya Whiting; Hotel and Lodging Management Series: Shannon Lipke; and Quick Serve Restaurant Management Series: Carter Wasser.

Along with these overall King George winners, King George DECA members will compete in events such as Team Decision Making, Business Operations Research, Entrepreneurship, Marketing Representative, Professional Selling, and Chapter Team Events at this year’s State Leadership Conference.

These King George DECA members will compete in the following events: Buying and Merchandising Team Decision: Isabella LaScala and Sierra Asselstine; Financial Service Team Decision: Kenley Gill and Garrett Shupe; Hospitality Services Team Decision: Dylan Middleton and Kayla Puentes; Marketing Communications Team Decision: Reanna Balderson and Amanda White; Sports and Entertainment Team Decision: Thomas Burrell and Carson Alger; Sports and Entertainment Team Decision: Amar Dunham and Michael Jenifer; Business Services Operations Research: Elijah Dawson; Business Services Operations Research: Kilah Oliver, Mettris Murrell and Renzo Beltran; Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research: Sara Haug and Becca Albertson; Community Service Project: Brady Wingeart and Abigail Wilson; Learn and Earn Project: Mikaela Barboza and Luke Ward; Public Relations Project: Jenna Andrews and Fallon Ross; Innovation Plan: Emily Bennett; Independent Business Plan: Jessie Want and Natalie Knoke; Professional Selling: Cannon Parker; and School Based Enterprise: Jordan Hudson, Miranda Calloway and Joseph Tippett.

Any student or team who places in the top 8th or 9th, depending on the event, will advance to the International Career Development Conference in Florida in April 2019.

To support these students and Virginia DECA on March 2, 2019, sign up to be a judge for an event at

To be a judge at the International Career Development Conference on April 29 and 30, sign up at

For both the state and international events, judges will be needed from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for each of the dates listed. Travel and accommodations are at your own expense. List “Dee Strauss and King George, Virginia” as your referral.

To support King George DECA financially to help with travel and competition expenses, email; or for information.

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