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8 Bradshaw finalists head to international DECA conference

Bradshaw Mountain High School DECA students show off their awards at the State conference in March. Kneeling, from left, are Hayley Ehresman, Hunter Powell and Josh Lewis. Back row, from left, are Alondra Castillo, Darcie Hill, Evan Wood, Meghan Belsito and Athena Bowman.           <br>
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Bradshaw Mountain High School DECA students show off their awards at the State conference in March. Kneeling, from left, are Hayley Ehresman, Hunter Powell and Josh Lewis. Back row, from left, are Alondra Castillo, Darcie Hill, Evan Wood, Meghan Belsito and Athena Bowman. <br> Courtesy Photo

Twenty-three Bradshaw Mountain High School students competed at the state DECA competition March 1-5 at the Phoenix Convention Center, joining more than 2,000 other students from 87 high schools across Arizona. Eight students qualified in their team and individual events, and will represent Arizona at the May 2-7 International Career Development Conference event in Atlanta, Ga.

The top five finalists in role play event series, from a finalist field of 12, and the top four in written event series, earned trophies and also qualify for internationals. DECA is an international marketing student organization with students participating from around the world.

Earning first place overall with a 30-page paper on Sports and Entertainment Operation Project is the team of Hayley Ehresman, Hunter Powell and Josh Lewis. First place overall for Entrepreneurship Written Event Project is the team of Athena Bowman and Meghan Belsito. Alondra Castillo and Darcie Hill won second place overall for their Public Relation Project.

Some of the competitions at the conference are role plays events; and 5-page, 11-page, and 30-page research papers. Competitive events also include marketing, management, hospitality, tourism and finance.

Two of the six BMHS individual top 12 finalists to move on to the international competition are Castillo, third place for Food Marketing Services; and Evan Wood, fifth place for Business Service Management.

Also placing in the top 12 are Danielle Quan for Apparel and Accessories Marketing, Kevin Lovelady for Automotive Service Marketing, Patrice Brinkman for Human Resource Management and Christine VanHout for Quick Service Restaurant Management.

Patrice Brinkman also completed a 30-page Hospitality and Tourism Operation Project.

"All the students represented our school and district very well. They worked hard all year and deserve the results they got. I am very proud of them," said Mark Campbell, DECA advisor.

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