DECA gets down to business at conference

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2002

DECA students from Juneau-Douglas High School took care of business at a state conference held in last month in Anchorage.

DECA, the Distributive Education Clubs of America is an organization that works to improve educational and career opportunities in marketing, management and entrepreneurship for high school and college students. It has 180,000 members in the United States and Canada.

The Juneau students participated in the Performance Based Assessment Conference on April 1 to 3. The theme of the conference, which drew students from business, career and technology organizations from around the state, was "Only in America."

The students attended workshops, participated in competitions and completed written assessments that tested their mastery of standards in business subjects.

JDHS student Tiffany Wells, the current Alaska DECA president, was re-elected to that position. JDHS students Neil Steininger, the Alaska DECA vice president, and David Ignell, Juneau DECA representative assisted Wells in planning and presenting at the conference. Their advisor is JDHS teacher Cindy Pastorino.

Juneau students who received awards were

• Free enterprise economics: David Ignell, first place; Tiffany Wells, second place; Maria Melambianakis, third place.

• Marketing math: Justine Trinidad, first place; Neil Steininger, second place; Maria Melambianakis, third place.

• Finance and credit services: Justine Trinidad, second place.

• Advertising and visual merchandising: Neil Steininger, first place; David Ignell, second place; Tiffany Wells, third place.

• Parliamentary procedure: Neil Steininger, first place.

• Retail merchandising: Neil Steininger, second place; David Ignell, third place.

• Apparel and accessories marketing: Tamara Clover, third place.

• Quick serve restaurant management: Maria Melambianakis, second place.

• Travel and tourism (team event): David Ignell and Tiffany Wells, first place; Tamara Clover and Justine Trinidad, third place.

• Hospitality management (team event): Maria Melambianakis and Neil Steininger, first place.

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