Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - January 31, 2014

Foothill DECA takes home regional wins

Students move on to compete at state level

by Glenn Wohltmann

Twenty-one DECA students from Foothill High picked up 25 awards at the Northern California DECA District Conference earlier this month.

DECA is an international association of students and teachers focusing on marketing, and management in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. Foothill students presented business plans and delivered presentations to various industry professionals who volunteered as judges.

Crystal Tang picked up first- and third-place awards for apparel and accessories marketing and international business plan. She was one of a handful of double award winners from Foothill.

Other first-place finishers were Byron Lo for food marketing, and Pierrick Genard for hotel and lodging management. Priya Gambhir and Priyanka Walimbe both took first place for travel and tourism team-decision making.

Second-place winners were Shivi Bhatnagar, automotive services marketing; Ashwin Kumar, sports and entertainment marketing; Ardin Lo, food marketing; Andrew Nam, retail marketing; and Luka Qin, restaurant and food service management. Kate Oh and Christine Oh both won second place for marketing communications team-decision making.

"This is Foothill DECA's best showing by far, and it is largely due to the excellent training implemented by this year's outstanding team of chapter officers," said Tami Raaker, Foothill DECA Advisor. "I couldn't be more proud."

Members from Foothill DECA will be traveling Feb. 6-9 to compete at the state level in Anaheim. If they're successful, Foothill's DECA members will get the chance to compete at the International Career Development Conference set for May 2-7 in Atlanta.

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