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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: The students of DECA are leaders of tomorrow

  • Eleven Pittsburg High School students recently attended the State DECA Competition in Overland Park.

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  • Eleven Pittsburg High School students recently attended the State DECA Competition in Overland Park.
    “We’re very proud that six of them received medals on stage,” said Linda Garrow, PHS marketing/entrepreneurship teacher and DECA advisor.
    They were as follows: Allex Baker, senior, fifth in automotive services management; Melia Cook and Olivia Laidler, juniors, seventh in community service project; Logan Chatman, freshman, eighth in entrepreneurship written independent; and Amanda Mitchell and Isis Ruis, juniors, 10th in fashion merchandising promotion plan.
    “Logan Chatman is only the second freshman from PHS to ever actually compete, and the first to ever win at State DECA,” Garrow said.
    She added that the young man’s older sister, Natalie Taylor, also did pretty well in DECA at PHS. She qualified for and participated in the DECA International Career Development Conference in her junior year in 2009 at Anaheim, Calif., and in her senior  year in 2010 at Louisville, Ky.
    Garrow accompanied the students to Overland Park.
    “John Laflen, the PHS English teacher, chaperoned us for the second year in a  row,” she said. “The other students who went to state, who also did a super job, are Josh Allmon, Kyle Davis, Teresa McCool, Wesley Robertson and Jacob Stephenson.”
    She added that one of her former DECA students, 2011 PHS graduate Marlana Buffington, participated in the State DECA Competition as a judge in the quick serve restaurant management category.
    “Marlana competed in that category last May in 2011 DECA International Career Development Conference at Orlando, Fla.,” Garrow said. “We didn’t have any of our students competing in QSRM at state this year.”
    DECA is an international organization aimed at students with an interest in marketing, management and entrepreneurship, but teaches skills that are applicable in a wide variety of areas.
    “DECA helps students to develop skills for successful business careers, build self-esteem, experience leadership and practice community service,” Garrow said.

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