Anaheim, Calif., may be home to Disneyland. But several Leavenworth High School students will have another reason for visiting the city next month. They will be representing their school at an international DECA conference.
Four LHS students have qualified to compete in events at DECA's International Career Development Conference. And another student will be making the trip for having been recognized with a Kansas Leadership Achievement honor.
Senior Michael Rielly, one of the students who will be going to Anaheim, described DECA as "kind of like a competitive business club."
Leavenworth High School has a DECA club and members compete in various events.
Rielly and senior Lauren Belardo qualified for the international conference by taking first place in the Chapter Team Community Service Project competition at a state conference, which was held March 4-6 in Overland Park.
For the Chapter Team Community Service Project, the two seniors organized a military appreciation night in February during a basketball game. The project raised $1,260 for charity, according to Rielly.
He and his partner made a presentation about their project during the state conference.
Junior Mallie Rust qualified for the international conference by finishing first in the state in the Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling competition.
Liz Anstine, a DECA adviser at Leavenworth High School, said Rust put together excursion packages for cruise ships. Rust's presentation at state included a video component.
Freshman Nicole Tennant qualified for the international conference in two events. She finished second in Business Services Operating Research and third in Principles of Business Management. Tennant said she can compete in only one event at the international conference, so she's chosen to advance in the Principles of Business Management.
"I kind of played to my strengths," she said of her selection of the event.
Lea McEnroe also earned the right to go the conference by being recognized at the state level with a Leadership Achievement honor.
Anstine said 12 students from Leavenworth High School attended the Kansas DECA conference. All but two of them placed in events. There were a total of 750 students who competed in events at the state conference.
There will be about 15,000 high school students at the conference in Anaheim, which will be held April 24-27.
"I'm looking forward to seeing people from all over the nation," Rielly said.
How they did
Multiple Leavenworth High School students placed in events during a recent Kansas DECA conference:
Mary Catherine Perry, ninth place, Retail Merchandising
Matthew Nava, eighth place, Restaurant & Food Service Management
Kelsey Mason, sixth place, Principles of Finance
Nathan Butler, sixth place, Business Finance
Page 2 of 2 - Michael Rielly, fifth place, Principles of Marketing
Rachel Asbury and Danial Wilson, seventh place, Marketing Communications, and third place, Public Relations Team Event
Nicole Tennant, second place, Business Services Operating Research, and third place, Principles of Business Management
Mallie Rust, sixth place, Principles of Hospitality & Tourism, and first place (champion), Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling
Lauren Belardo & Michael Rielly, first place (champions) Chapter Team Community Service Project