Florida Junior Places 2nd in International DECA Competition

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Junior Michelle Ray with DECA Award.

Junior Michelle Ray with DECA Award.

Student members leverage their DECA experiences to become academically prepared, community oriented, and professionally responsible leaders.

Michelle Ray, a Northwood University junior who has been very active in DECA since high school, placed second in the International DECA Competition held in Anaheim, California.

"It is every competitor's goal to get on stage to receive an award at either the state or International competition, and this year I can say I have done both! DECA has been very influential in my life, and is the reason I discovered Northwood University, and become the person I am now," said the Marketing major of the collegiate division (formerly known as Delta Epsilon Chi) which includes over 15,000 members in 200 colleges and universities.

Ray was one of seven Northwood University Florida students to compete in the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC), the highlight of the DECA year. Fourteen thousand high school students, advisors, business persons and alumni gather for several days of DECA excitement. Most participants at ICDC compete in one of DECA's competitive events. The top competitors in each event are recognized for their outstanding achievements. In addition to the competitive events, many students and advisors participate in a variety of leadership and career advancing academies.

With the mission of preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe, DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Student members leverage their DECA experiences to become academically prepared, community oriented, and professionally responsible experienced leaders.