NRHS DECA chapter makes splash at state leadership conference

Published 9:00 am Saturday, March 9, 2024

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Suffolk Va. –Over the weekend of March 1-3, 2024, Nansemond River High School’s DECA chapter made a significant impact at the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach, competing against over 3,500 students from 200+ chapters across Virginia. 

This event spotlighted the future of marketing, finance, hospitality, and business management, with NRHS students excelling in competitive events aligned with National Curriculum Standards. The NRHS DECA Chapter, under the guidance of its dedicated advisors, earned top honors, including the coveted Annual Report Blue Chip Award, showcasing their comprehensive program of work. Additionally, the chapter achieved Platinum Status and reached the THRIVE level in Chapter Campaigns, highlighting their commitment to excellence. 

Advisors Candace Credle and Dr. Karen Perry received the 2024 Outstanding DECA Advisor Silver Award, with Leah Bailey taking home Bronze. Credle was also celebrated as the 2024 DECA District Advisor. Special acknowledgment was given to Tamiya Davis for her crucial role in the Gowns For Crowns initiative, earning her the “Friend of DECA” title. The chapter also participated in Virginia DECA Day Activities, receiving accolades and a Proclamation from Mayor Michael D. Duman. “They are incredibly proud of their students and advisors for their hard work and achievements,” Credle said. “They eagerly anticipate continuing their tradition of excellence.” These accomplishments at the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference illustrate the NRHS DECA chapter’s vibrant potential and dedication to shaping future business leaders. DECA is a non-profit career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

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