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DECA students take part in conference

by on March 28, 2013 11:22 AM

STATE COLLEGE — Eighty members of DECA, an International Association of Marketing Students at State College Area High School, participated in the 61st annual State Career Development Conference at the Hershey Lodge on Feb. 27 through March 1.

Over 30 students won awards in the various events and will represent Pennsylvania DECA at the International DECA Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., April 23 through April 29.

Victoria Babb, daughter of Perry and Jacqueline Babb and a senior at State College Area High School, was awarded the Pennsylvania DECA Student of the Year scholarship of $1,000 and the State Business Partnership Scholarship of $500 to pursue her education in the field of marketing. In addition, she won first place in the business services marketing competition and second place in the modeling competition. She plans to attend Penn State University Smeal College to pursue a major in marketing with a minor in supply chain. She has been active in the State College Area High School marketing program for four years serving as the State DECA District 4/5 representative in 2011-12 and as the State DECA vice-president in 2012-13. She was also very active at the local level, serving as the operations manager at the Roar Store, the marketing program’s school based enterprise and retail store, in 2011-12 and as the general manager in 2012-13. Torus presented the keynote speech at the opening ceremonies of the State Competition and has been responsible for presenting at various conferences in Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania throughout the school year.

Dakota Campbell a junior at State College was elected to the executive council of Pennsylvania DECA and will serve on the state officer team for the 2013-2014 school year. The son of Jack and Deborah Campbell, he is also the operations manager of the State High Roar Store.

In addition, Taraneh Ansari, also a junior at the high school was voted as the District 4/5 representative for the state of Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Parviz and Amy Ansari. She served as a voting delegate for Pennsylvania DECA at the state conference in addition to competing in the hotel lodging management category where she won second place in her role play A. She will also be responsible for planning the Regional DECA conference for the 2013-14 school year.

Alex Mellott, a junior in State College DECA, serves as a Pennsylvania State DECA national correspondent. In addition to winning first place in the retail merchandising category, Mellott maintained a live blog during the conference to inform parents and alumni of the conference and awards ceremonies. He is also responsible for submitting monthly articles for He will be representing State College DECA for the third time this year at the International DECA Career Development Conference.

As a chapter, State College excelled in three categories. The chapter is responsible for completing a designated program of work at the state and national levels, including activities in community service and academic competition. This year State College DECA won first place state program of work, first place national program of work and first place community service award for the “Kick for the Cure” fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

DECA is the only career and technical student organization operating through the nation's schools to attract young people to careers in marketing, management, finance, hospitality and entrepreneurship. Its purposes are to develop respect for education which will contribute to occupational competence and to promote understanding and appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship in our free enterprise system.

More than 1,400 students participated in the three-day state conference.

There are 70 DECA chapters in Pennsylvania with a membership of more than 3,400 students, alumni, teachers and business professionals.

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