GCISD Excels at State DECA Conference
Posted on 03/23/2021

Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School DECA members participated virtually in the Texas State Career Development Conference recently, competing against 1,800 students from across the state in various categories. 

A total of 39 GCISD students were honored at the conference as either State Champions or State Finalists, including 14 State Champions who will all move on to compete at the International Career Development Conference in April. Held virtually this year, there will be over 19,000 students from across the U.S. and Canada competing at the conference.

DECA, the Distributive Education Clubs of America, prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

State Champions 
Apparel & Accessories - CHHS - Brooke Butler
Automotive Services Marketing - GHS - Garrett Porter
Career Development Project - GHS - Graysen Denning, Madison Hartsfield
Finance Operations Research - GHS - Nithya Budda
Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research - GHS - Emmy Mangham, Ryan Pope, Preston Stanley
Marketing Communications - CHHS - Aly Moosa
Restaurant & Food Service Management - GHS Mathew Chacko, Mabel Schlenker
Sales Project - GHS - Maya Jarwan, Divya Yarlagadda
Sports & Entertainment Marketing - CHHS - Jillian Montemayor

State Finalists 
Automotive Services Marketing - CHHS - Rayaan Bhaidani
Business Finance - CHHS - Moid Meghani
Business Services Operations Research - CHHS - Tanushri Bhatt, Afrah Fathima Sulthar
Buying & Merchandising Team - GHS - Emily O’Neill, Natalie Poveda
Buying & Merchandising Team - GHS - Molly Meyer, Claire Peden, Kavya Shah
Entrepreneurship Individual Series - GHS - Alexandria Shane
Hotel & Lodging Management - CHHS - Jordan Wallace
Hotel & Lodging Management - GHS - Ifunanya Obinabo
Financial Services Marketing Team - GHS - Andrew Adkins, Thomas Yoo
Marketing Management Team - GHS - Kiki Frenzel, Madyson Lucero
Marketing Management Team - GHS - Macy Hetisimer, Jane Vanzant
Principles of Marketing - GHS - Aneesh Mazumder
Sports & Entertainment Team - GHS - Alexander Heppenstall, Braxton Russell
Travel & Tourism Marketing Team - GHS - Jayaditya Maganti, Joseph Lee
Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making - CHHS - Nichlas Ghimire, Mia Setzer