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Student wins at DECA, advances to state contest

Junior Adreanne Wheeler won two awards at the district DECA conference in December at Wayne County Community College District in Taylor. The win advanced her to state competition in March. 

“I won the competition and I get to go to States,” Wheeler said. “I received two medals in the competition.”

Wheeler is self-motivated and pushes herself to do well. DECA teacher Barbara Swann said Wheeler will move up in ranks as she progresses to new competitions during this year.  

“One of Adreanne's strongest traits is that she is self-motivated and self-directed,” Swann said. “In preparing for competitions for the DECA district conference, she was given little guidance. She studied and practiced on her own.”

The competition consists of different categories and participants are placed in their particular skill.

“I was in Principles of Marketing. They do something called Role Play,” Wheeler said. “They give a scenario like you're a business owner and you had a misprint on one of your prices. You have to figure out how to fix it.” 

The judges allowed them to get a few moments to get their presentations in order, so they could get all possible points required to have a chance at winning a medal and possibly advancing to states.

“They give you like ten minutes to prep and you have to state these four personal indicators in your presentation,” Wheeler said. “That's what really gets your points.” 

Wheeler had confidence in her presentation and believed that she had more of an advantage in the competition being previously involved in DECA.  

“I kind of knew I was going to win this one, but I didn't want to seem cocky,” Wheeler said. “I had a marketing class last year, so I knew a few key elements for the competition.”


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