Success and Fun at DECA's International Competition/Conference
Three Central City students qualified to attend the International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The three students who attended were Amber Erickson, Sable Campa, and Katelyn Becker. The trip began on Friday, April 22nd when the girls left before sunrise to board a charter bus destined for Nashville. After a long trip, the girls’ day began with a DECA 5k for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, continued with a tour of Andrew Jackson's home (the Hermitage), and ended with the opening session later that night. A stadium that could hold about 18,000 people was filled with 17,500 DECA students eager with anticipation for the next few days. They were able to see a fashion show put on by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, hear Lauren Alaina perform, and listen to the keynote speakers from Marriott. To say the least, opening session was unforgettable. The next couple days were filled with competition and leadership academies, where Erickson and Becker competed in Accounting Applications, while Campa attended the Aspire Leadership Academy. Erickson ended up receiving a certificate for placing in the top 20% in the event! As Erickson stated, "it was a great experience and a lot of fun. It was amazing to see Nashville and to compete at the International Level. I'm so grateful to have had that opportunity." Following competition, the girls were able to attend a Nashville Sounds baseball game, ride on the General Jackson Showboat, attend a Lindsay Ell and Craig Morgan concert at the Grand Ole Opry, and explore downtown Nashville. It was a fantastic experience for all three ladies.