GCISD Excels at 2022 State DECA Conference
Posted on 03/08/2022

Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School DECA members joined thousands of  high school business, finance, hospitality and marketing students at the annual Texas DECA State Career Development Conference held in late February in Houston. After two years of canceled and virtual competitions, members were overjoyed at competing in person again. 

A total of 40 GCISD students were honored at the conference as either State Champions or State Runners-Up, including 26 State Champions who will all move on to compete at the International Career Development Conference in April. Held in Atlanta this year, there will be over 20,000 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 
Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Making - GHS - Emily O'Neill & Natalie Poveda 
Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Making - GHS - Layne Nguyen & Ella Larsen 
Business Services Marketing - GHS - Ifunanya Obinabo 
Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making - GHS - Krish Bhayani & Zackary Keller 
Finance Operations Research - GHS - Nithya Budda & Elyssa Chandler 
Financial Services Team Decision Marketing - GHS - Alim Prasla & Rishi Manyam
Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research - CHHS - Cindey Xiao & Samantha Zelling
Hospitality Services Team Decision Making - CHHS - Joeun Kim & Aneri Patel
Hospitality Services Team Decision Marketing - GHS - Sara Halliburton & Mary Schnautz 
Innovation Plan - GHS - Andriy Malyshchak & Girish Sundaresan 
Marketing Management Team Decision Making - CHHS - Aashish Dewani & Simran Dhanani
Principles of Marketing - GHS - Yashvi Shah 
Retail Merchandising - GHS - Julia Rabinovich 
Sales Project - GHS - Maya Jarwan & Divya Yarlagadda 
School Based Enterprise - Retail - GHS - Tasiana Naputi

State Runners-Up
Business Services Operation Research - CHHS - Tanshuri Bhatt, Asmaa Sulthar, & Afrah Sulthar
Career Development Project - GHS - Graysen Denning & Madison Hartsfield 
Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making - CHHS - Annabelle Dooley & CeCe Gaughan 
Hotel Lodging and Management Series - CHHS - John Dwyer
Retail Merchandising - GHS - Rondale Carridine 
Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making - CHHS - Ben Ding & Finley Warren

Chapter Awards
Colleyville Heritage - Thrive Level, Century Chapter, Membership Campaign, Promotional Campaign
Grapevine - Epic Chapter, Community Service Campaign, Membership Campaign, Promotional Campaign, School-Based Enterprise Gold Level Certification (The Outpost)