A group of DECA members from Pittsburg High School participated in the DECA Leadership Development Conference, held Oct. 6 and 7 at Rock Springs 4-H Camp, Junction City.

A group of DECA members from Pittsburg High School participated in the DECA Leadership Development Conference, held Oct. 6 and 7 at Rock Springs 4-H Camp, Junction City.

“They heard a fine speaker, took part in activities and workshops, and were able to do networking,” said Linda Garrow, PHS DECA adviser, who accompanied the group. “It was an awesome experience for these 21 students.”

She added that the students have been involved with a promotion with Wheat State Pizza once a month that takes place at PHS, and have been conducting numerous meetings in regard to the mini-competition scheduled Nov. 10 at Blue Valley  North West High School, Overland Park.

Students going to the leadership development conference were Allex Baker, Brock Beachner, Keria Dorsey, Erin Duncan, Jeff Dunford, Sydney Esch, Logan Fields, Steven Garbrick, Charlie Hensley, Kayla Holmes, Kaitlin Jessip, Spencer Massoth, Seth Nemecek, Betty Noonoo, Johnny Randall, Adam D. Redd, Rachel Schubert, Jade Sneed, Autymn Sweetser-Ganz, Cesly Williams and Gavin Wood. Dustin Hensley served as chaperone.

Founded more than 60 years ago, DECA was previously known as Distributive Education Clubs of America. Its programs and activities are designed to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

“Student members are able to leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders,” Garrow said.