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FDSH Students Compete at DECA State Career Development Conference

March 9, 2023

Fort Dodge Senior High students recently participated in the DECA State Career Development Conference at Southeast Polk High School.  DECA is a career and technical education student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for college and careers.

The Senior High DECA members spent the winter months preparing for the conference and competition. Competing for FDSH were Olivia Hamlow, Trusha Bhatt, Liberty Huffman, Ashlyn Headlee and Gabriella Santana-Bass. FDSH results were

  • Ashlyn Headlee: First Place in Business Finance and Finance Operations Research
  • Trusha Bhatt: Honorable Mention in Entrepreneurship
  • Olivia Hamlow: Honorable Mention in Personal Financial Literacy

Headlee’s first place finish automatically qualifies her to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando April 22-25. Bhatt and Hamlow are eagerly waiting to see if they will qualify based on the Honorable Mention finishes.

Headlee was also recognized as the Most Outstanding Marketing Chapter Member for FDSH.

“I’m proud of all of our students who competed at the State level,” said Amy Jaeschke, DECA advisor.  “They worked really hard preparing for competition and it showed. They represented themselves and our school well.”

In addition to competing, the students heard from a speaker from the University of Iowa’s School of Business, attended a leadership session facilitated by the University of Northern Iowa and voted for state officers.

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