DECA students compete, advance to state competition
Dec 16, 2016
A dozen Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School students recently competed in DECA district competitions, with more than half advancing to the state competition.
Nine students competed Dec. 5 in Pittsburgh and three competed Dec. 12 in Philadelphia.
DECA, which stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, prepares students for potential careers in hospitality, finance, marketing and management, according to student advisers Kelly Romasco and Whitney Conjeski.
Melanie Hulse, Sarah Hulse, Morgan Hartley, Morgan Myers, Ishra Musa, Muhammed Musa, Christopher Palmieri, Ciera Blest and Brianna Pritts competed in Pittsburgh. Jasmine Rao, Melanie Rao and Joseph Kratohwill competed in Philadelphia.
Competition included a 100-question written test and role-play event in a category of their choosing. Students who placed are eligible to attend the state competition February 22-24 in Hershey.
The following Pittsburgh DECA students placed:
• Sarah Hulse, 10th grade, first place in accounting
• Morgan Myers, 11th grade, second place in hotel and lodging management
• Ishra Musa, 10th grade, second place in logistics
• Morgan Hartley, 12th grade, third place in business service marketing
All three Philadelphia DECA participants placed. The following will attend the state competition:
• Jasmine Rao, 10th grade and Melanie Rao, 12th grade, first place in marketing management team decision making.
• Joseph Kratohwill, 10th grade, second place in sports and entertainment marketing.
Romasco said some of the students who didn't place may be able to compete at the state competition as well.
Students who qualify at the state competition will move on to nationals April 26-29 in Anaheim, Calif.
DECA allotted a few spots in the national competition to PA Cyber after students earned them from participating in a project called "Thrive," which involved increasing membership, promotions and community service.
Students meet online every other week, including throughout the summer. They also practice on their own time working their way through a program the school purchased for them and one that was donated.
"Congratulations to all the students for doing a fantastic job, as well as for all of their hard work and dedication to preparing for the competition, and for their part in all of our DECA activities this year," Romasco said.
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About PA Cyber
Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.