RALEIGH – On December 2, 2021, the Smithfield-Selma High School (SSS) DECA Chapter went to the Marketing Competitive Events Conference (MCEC) District Regionals Competition at the Raleigh Convention Center, competing against Johnston and Wake county DECA Chapters.
DECA is a career and technical organization that prepares young leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. There are many categories that members can compete in, such as Principles of Business Management, Sports Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Hospitality and Tourism Management.
SSS students Michelle Chen, Brianne Simerman, and Jude Reece earned a top-scoring role-play, top exam, and overall finalist in their category. Jude Reece placed 1st Overall in the Principles of Business Management Category and Michelle Chen placed 4th Overall in the Entrepreneurship Category.
Carlos Sousa, the SSS DECA Advisor, says to his students, “Remember, today you will either win, or learn. There is no losing.”
The SSS members of DECA include Crystal Anthony, Dana Ayala, Camryn Barefoot, Camille Bracy, Ayana Casado, Michelle Chen, Tatyana Cook, Karina Diaz Coyt, Frankie DiGiovanni, Rose Eklund, Katie Felizzi, Fernanda Ferreyra, Jazlyn Fontanez-Zambrano, Angel Fuentes Ponce, Jackeline Garcia, Yvette Gomez, Kamila Gonzalez, Stuart Guerrero Hernandez, Storme Harbinson Wheeler, Su’Miah Lassiter, Greer Lee, Camryn Lovette, Javier Martinez, Sherelle McDaniel, Janada Melvin, Mohamed Mohamed, Sabreen Mohamed, Monserrat Morales, Chloe Nelson, Jude Reece, Magali Santiago, Brianne Simerman, Terri Sinclair, and Hailey Stephens.
SSS student Michelle Chen says,” My love for DECA extends beyond simply competing and winning awards. Through DECA, I have had the opportunity to apply the knowledge I learned in the classroom, gain professional skills, and become a stronger leader within my community. DECA is truly an amazing organization, and I am extremely proud of all our DECA members!”