After making it through both the DECA District Competition and the State Competition, 11 students from Belton High School qualified to move on to the DECA International Competition April 23-28 in Anaheim, Calif.
DECA advisers, Sheila Gilchrist and Shaunna Lyon, took 53 students to compete in the DECA District III Competition Feb. 14 in Independence. This was the start for 26 students on the road to state. These students included: seniors – Ali Adams, Jay Cao, Emily Goffoy, Whitney Hall, Austin Holloway, Jessica Jacobs, Rachel Jacobs, Dylan Jones, Mallory Keller, Sydney Latham, Montae Levy, Sabrina Miranda, Luke Noll, Caleb Padgett, Adriana Solomon, Zach Thomas, Katie West, Jamaine White, Austin Woodward and Brian Zuiss; juniors – Mariah Finley, Noah Green, Montae Levy and Alliston Tracy; sophomores – Maddie Elliston and Zach Theiss; and freshman – Grant Goffoy.
Each of the students competed in different events at the state competition. The students competing in individual events were Jay Cao, Austin Holloway, Adriana Solomon, Zach Theiss, Zach Thomas, Austin Woodward, and Brian Zuiss.
The students competing in team events were Ali Adams and Mariah Finley; Jessica Jacobs and Rachel Jacobs. The students that took group projects were Emily Goffoy, Mallory Keller, and Caleb Padgett; Grant Goffoy, Whitney Hall, and Katie West; Noah Green, Dyllan Jones, and Luke Noll; Sydney Latham, Montae Levy, and Allison Tracy; Sabrina Miranda and Jamaine White. The last student who went to the state competition was Maddie Elliston who was selected as one of the 24 underclassman to represent Missouri in a Leadership Academy. There are currently 8500 members in Missouri DECA and there were 1,700 members at state contest.
After intense competition at the DECA State Competition, 13 of the 26 students from Belton High School were called on stage and recognized for being in the top of their event. This is a new record for Belton DECA.
Seven students qualified for the international competition during this awards ceremony by receiving a trophy and placing top five in their category. These students included Zach Thomas fourth place Food Marketing; Emily Goffoy, Mallory Keller and Caleb Padgett second place Learn and Earn Project; Jessica Jacobs and Rachel Jacobs first place Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making; Adriana Solomon first place Marketing Management.
Four students Noah Green, Dyllan Jones, Luke Noll, and Brian Zuiss were one place away from receiving a trophy and had the opportunity to be bumped up to attend ICDC if someone in their category was unable to attend further in contest. During the registration process Brian Zuiss was bumped up and will be attending ICDC competing in Food Marketing with the other Belton students. The last three students attending are Maddie Elliston, Noah Green and Zach Theiss. Maddie Elliston is a leadership delegate who qualified at districts to attend ICDC. Noah Green and Zach Theiss were selected to attend the Thrive Leadership academy. Only 10 students received this selection for the state of Missouri.