Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - April 22, 2011

Pleasanton high schools do well in DECA

Foothill, Amador students named state officers, head to international competition

Nearly 50 students from Pleasanton's high schools are gearing up for the International DECA competition later this month in Orlando, Fla., and both schools now have officers on the California DECA board for the 2012 school year.

DECA, formerly known as Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an international association of students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. Students from both schools will put their business skills to the test when they compete against other DECA members from around the globe -- as well as their cross-town rivals.

Amador Valley High School is sending 26 students to the international competition, and Foothill High School is sending 21.

Both schools also have officers serving on the DECA board for the coming year. Shruti Thundiyil is now the California state president and Siyang Qiu is now the vice president of public relations. Both are from Foothill High. Two of Amador Valley's students, Sri Muppidi and Priyanka Saha, were elected to positions in the DECA state officer team.

Foothill and Amador also teamed up to hold the first annual city-wide mini DECA Career Development Conference, giving students who are not qualified to travel the opportunity to compete against other DECA members in role-play events.

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