New barriers broken for Ridgway DECA

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Staff Writer

This past week, nine Ridgway DECA members traveled to Hershey to compete at the 68th Annual Pennsylvania DECA Career Development Conference. DECA is a business and entrepreneurial club for high school students who compete in various categories based on their career and professional interests. The competition includes a 100 question written exam, along with professional role-play scenarios that students must navigate and execute in front of corporate judges. Judges for the state conference included major executives from companies such as Macy's, AT&T, Department of Education, Ohio State University, Drexel University, Merrill Lynch, Walgreen's, United Airlines, Walmart, and Yellowstone National Park to name a few.
Over the last three years since Ridgway DECA has been established, Ridgway has qualified 27 of their 33 members to compete at the state level.  Representing Ridgway DECA for the 2018-2019 state competition were:
—Anna Cristini: Human Resources Management;
—Samantha Anderson - Integrated Marketing Campaign;
—Madison Shilk and Cole Salberg: Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making;
—Gabriella Rohr and Chloe Horning: Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making;
—Collyn Shuttleworth: Automotive Services Marketing;
—Josephine Bevacqua: Principles of Business Administration and Management;
—Kira Eckert: Quick Service Restaurant Marketing.
Ridgway, who represented only .4 percent of the over 2500 state competitors, proved not to be disadvantaged by their small numbers.  Madison Shilk and Cole Salberg received special recognition for their top role-play performance in the category of Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making.  

For more on this article, see today's publication of the Ridgway Record. (Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019).