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Foothill DECA brings home awards from NorCal conference

53 members attended DECA conference

Members from Foothill High School's DECA club excelled at California DECA's Annual Northern California Career Development Conference in San Ramon -- bringing home a total of 125 awards.

The conference, held Jan. 16-18, provided an opportunity for over 1100 future business and marketing leaders to compete in the fields of marketing, hospitality and tourism, finance, and management.

"Foothill DECA had its best year yet in competition," said DECA member Ardin Lo.

The following students were overall winners in their categories:

* Bryan Collins

Principles of Finance, 1st

* Ardin Lo

Food Marketing, 1st

Hospitality and Tourism Business Operations Research, 4th

* Mallika Pahwa

Marketing Management, 1st

* Nihar Patil

Quick Serve Restaurant Management, 1st

Hospitality and Tourism Business Operations Research, 4th

* Lisa Cha

International Business Plan, 2nd

* Jackie DiPiazza

Fashion Merchandising Promotion, 2nd

* Cassidy Hager

Fashion Merchandising Promotion, 2nd

* Roland Huang

Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making, 2nd

* Ashna Jasuja

Finance Team Decision Making, 2nd

* Angela Jocson

International Business Plan, 2nd

* Abel John

Hospitality and Tourism Business Operations Research, 2nd

* Mohit Kondle

Hospitality and Tourism Business Operations Research, 2nd

* Andrew Nam

Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making, 2nd

* Neha Nirkondar

Finance Team Decision Making, 2nd

* Tyler Wong

International Business Plan, 2nd

* Shivi Bhatnagar

Personal Financial Literacy, 3rd

* Christina Ge

Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling, 3rd

* Armin Gholami

Principles of Finance, 3rd

* Edward Im

Sports and Entertainment Marketing, 3rd

Hospitality and Tourism Business Operations Research, 4th

* Ari Kim

Marketing Management, 3rd

* Ashwin Kumar, Retail Marketing, 3rd

* Sophie Nguyen

Apparel and Accessories Marketing, 3rd

Professional Selling, 2nd

* Adam Aimar

Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making, 4th

* Davin Bokaie

Professional Selling, 4th

* Jack Geasa

Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making, 4th

* Andrew Kim

Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling, 4th

* Sofia Moskalenko

Automotive Marketing, 4th

* Jacqueline Zhang

Retail Marketing, 4th

Other Top 8 finalists included Michael Anastassiou, Tanvi Antoo, Meigan Chiu, Saif Hussain, Sabrina Luk, Ronak Mukherjee, Raymond Peng, Praveen Ravisankar, Amer Siddiqui, Frances Tang, Patricia Wang, and David Xu.

Members were able to compete in over 40 competitive events.

Winners and finalists were determined through the combination of written knowledge and business presentations.

"This conference helped me learn business skills, network with people across the state, and also allowed me to express myself in a unique professional business setting. I also had a great time!" said Nihar Patil, Foothill DECA's vice president of membership development.

Foothill DECA is now preparing for the State Career Development Conference -- where students will have the chance to qualify for the International Career Development Conference held in Orlando, Fla.

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