Foothill High School's DECA student organization was one of the top groups at the district Career Development Conference held last weekend in San Ramon.
Tami Raaker, the school's DECA advisor, said the Falcons "soared to the top" at the highly-competitive conference, where about 800 high school students from Northern California competed in 36 different events and categories, ranging from Retail Merchandising to Sports and Entertainment Marketing.
"We had one the highest number of winners at Nor Cal this year," Raaker said. "We may not be the largest chapter in the district but we certainly know how to produce winners."
Raaker said that by attending the conference, students had the opportunity to compete in a variety of simulated business situations. Judges for the competitions came from the business sector that the event simulates and gives students a true representation of the industry they are competing in.
She said Foothill DECA had great support from former students and business leaders, including members of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club members who served as judges.
Others included Shruti Thundiyil, Yenha Cho, Atra Kermani, Allie Raaker, Yash Nagda, Kavya Methukupaly, Aditi Jhanwar, Jon Hill, Shabnam Mashoon, Frankie Perez, Tadeh Sarkis, Jared Shohfi and Dylan Gubersky, who came home from college to help.
Among Foothill DECA students competing were Joseph Aimar, Shivi Bhatnagar, Jeffrey Chen, Leeane Chen, Sarah Chew, Anmol Gupta, Jeff Huang, Charles Jin, Hannah Kim, Brian Lee, Matt Lee, Byron Lo, Emma Longridge, Hamza Nawaz, Neha Nirkondar, Christine Oh, Ayesha Omarali, Rohan Punamia, Luka Qin, Crystal Tang and Stephanie Yu.
DECA is an international student marketing association which prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. It also promotes understanding and appreciation of the free enterprise system as well as the responsibilities of citizenship.