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DECA members compete in regional event


116 students vie for state competition



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Lambert's DECA officers, from left, Garin Wickliffe, Lexi Wright, Amy Hoemeke, Carrie Kaufmann, Kevin Thwaits and Ashley Nickerson. ALDO NAHED/Staff. (click for larger version)

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Participants in the competition figure out which room they will be presenting in. Aldo Nahed. (click for larger version)
January 27, 2014
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — About 116 students interested in marketing, finance, hospitality and management competed for a slot in the state DECA competition.

All Forsyth and three Hall County school DECA club members gathered on Jan. 23 for the annual regional competition at the Forsyth Conference Center at the Lanier Tech Cumming campus.

This is the third year the event has been hosted by Lambert High School.

Amanda Mathis, who heads the DECA program at Lambert, said students vie in 19 events and only the top three go on to the state competition Feb. 27 in Atlanta, where prizes including scholarship money will be on the line.

"It's a big day for them," Mathis said. "They invest a lot of their time to prepare for the competition."

Students were divided into groups and given 10 minutes to read a scenario and write a plan of action. They competed in leadership role play, business speech and job interview events.

About 42 members of the community judged the presentations.

The DECA members say the club has helped influence their plans for the future.

Senior Kevin Thwaits, president of the DECA club at Lambert, said he's been in the club since his freshman year and has gained focus into a career.

"DECA has given me insight into marketing and business," Thwaits said. "It's what I want to do with my life."

Upcoming DECA event

What: Prom Fashion Show

When: Two shows on Friday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Where: Lambert High School auditorium, 805 Nichols Road, Suwanee

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