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PA Cyber students shine at state DECA conference Seven earn invitation to international event

Feb 28, 2019


PA Cyber students at the 2019 DECA State Career Development Conference in Hershey won an invitation to the organization's international conference by capturing awards for excelling in events that test, bolster and showcase high school students' leadership and proficiency in subjects ranging from hotel and restaurant management to business law.

Earning her way to the international competition, Sarah Seder landed second place in the written portion of the Integrated Marketing Campaign event. The sophomore from Brownsville also participated in the modeling competition.

During closing day Grand Award Ceremonies, senior Stephanie Edwards, of Avonmore, who serves as PA Cyber DECA Club vice president of communications, won a trophy for her superior performance and test scores in creative marketing.

Junior Amelia Wildermuth, of Pottstown, was recognized for her exemplary performance in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing category during the conference Mini Awards Ceremony Thursday evening. Senior Hunter Hardway, of Washington, walked away with a medal for his high marks in the Business Finance Series the same night.

Senior Sarah Hulse, for her high scores in the Human Resources Management event, senior Christopher Palmieri, for excellence in Hotel and Lodging Management, and Brianna Pritts, for top marks in Entrepreneurship, also qualified to attend the DECA International Conference in Orlando, Florida, in April.

The team itself was recognized during the conference opening ceremonies for achieving goals and community service when they landed the Green Level Pennsylvania DECA Plan of Action Award.

Hulse, of Washington, who serves as the club president, said that, among the team's community service efforts was organizing PA Cyber to be the first cyber charter school ever to host a Mini-THON® for its students to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer.

"The pediatric cancer fundraiser was a huge undertaking, and it was just one of many of the events these students spearheaded," club advisor Whitney Conjeski said. "They set a great example all year long. They all have a solid scholastic foundation and a strong work ethic."

Conjeski said 10 of the nearly 40 PA Cyber DECA Club members attended the state conference in Hershey. Seven qualified for internationals during the three-day event that tested and enhanced career and college readiness and focused on exercises and role-playing events that emphasized leadership, teamwork, and self-confidence.

The conference exposes students to guidance in the areas of scholarships, job interviews, philanthropy, dressing for success, and public speaking. Among the areas of expertise in which students compete are: finance operations, hospitality and tourism, creative marketing, public relations, and modeling.

DECA, formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America, was established in 1946 with a goal to encourage students to explore the art of marketing. Today, the organization boasts 215,000 members nationwide. Pennsylvania DECA has 4,735 members from 85 chapters.

Christopher Palmieri, of Greensburg, serves as the club's vice president of leadership. Brianna Pritts, of Mount Pleasant, is vice president of marketing and hospitality.

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