Senior Oxford Hills DECA members are international finalists


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senior DECA members Kendra Davis, Krista Hakala and Meagan McDougal placed among the top 16 in the world out of more than 160 participants in the Learn and Earn Event at the DECA International Career Development Conference, held from April 23 to 28.

They received the honors for their 30-page paper and presentation detailing the marketing plan for the DECA Holiday Craft Fair, of which they were chairpersons. Oxford Hills DECA members joined 13,000 other DECA members from the U.S., Canada and Guam at the conference.

Other Oxford Hills students who participated in the six-day event included Trisha Mitchell, who competed in Retail Merchandising; Mikenzi Merrill, who competed in Food Service Marketing and who attended DECA Leads, a training workshop for state officers; Kayla Turner, who competed in the Entrepreneurship Written Event for her business plan of a community activity center; Felicia Record, who also attended DECA Leads; and Sarah Colby from Buckfield High School, who attended the Leadership Development Academy.

All students earned the opportunity to attend the conference by qualifying at the State DECA Conference held in South Portland in March.

While in Kentucky, DECA members and their advisors, Pat Pelletier and Wendy Robichaud, visited 4th Street Live; took a river boat cruise on the Spirit of Jefferson on the Ohio River; attended the Broadway dinner show, “Hairspray”; saw Lady Antebellum in concert; and visited the Louisville Zoo.

The students were able to have this “experience of a lifetime” with the help and donations of many community members and local businesses and organizations.