Earlier this month, Graves County DECA students competed in both regional and state competitions. Though the pandemic kept the events from happening in their traditional form, GCHS students still excelled.
Advisor Michelle McKee said 48 GC DECA students competed in a wide variety of events, including participating in video presentations and Zoom sessions with live judges present. “Competing virtually in the DECA state conference was hard, and I couldn't be prouder of our students for stepping outside of their comfort zone,” McKee said. She added that students’ competitions included 100-question tests over business/marketing, written projects, and team decision-making events. She said that out of the 48 competitors, over half placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in national events and qualified to advance to the International Career Development Conference. Additionally, many others received awards in state events or were recognized as finalists at that level. What’s more, sophomore Brooklyn Williams was elected as the 21-22 State Vice President of Communication.
Mrs. McKee said she is incredibly proud of her DECA students, adding, “borrowing a mantra from our principal Alison Gregory, our Graves County DECA students did not just survive, they thrived!”
On behalf of Graves County Schools, congratulations to both Mrs. McKee and the DECA students!