South Forsyth DECA places in top 10

World’s largest chapter earns success at DECA’s 2013 conference

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CUMMING, Ga. — Ten South Forsyth High School DECA students won more than any other school in the state at an international marketing competition.

Eighty-eight students from South Forsyth, the largest chapter of any school, competed in DECA’s 67th annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., April 24 – 27. About 16,000 DECA students from around the world competed to earn international honors, awards and scholarships.

Ten of the students from South placed in the top 10 in their competitive event — more than any other school in Georgia, and 74 of the competitors scored in the top 20 percent in their events.

Two South Forsyth students, Ashlyn Williams and Lauren Calvert, also won national DECA scholarships.

Calvert won second place in the nation for her category. Calvert, a senior, said she was happy seeing fellow students also win and show excitement about the future of DECA at South Forsyth.

DECA’s competitive events are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development in areas including advertising campaign development, marketing research projects and business simulation role plays.

South Forsyth maintained its title as the world’s largest DECA chapter for the fifth consecutive year by having 1,039 members.

DECA adviser and South Forsyth teacher Katie Pniewski oversees all of the student work.

“I am so proud of all of our winners. Most of our students began their projects in November, and I feel all of their hard work has really paid off,” Pniewski said. “Winning at the international level gives students the confidence to further their marketing education and mentor other students.”