VHS DECA organization raising funds until Friday to go to national finals...

Nine Vilonia High School members of the DECA organization are making plans, along with sponsor Deborah Mauldin to compete at the International Career Development Conference national finals in Nashville, Tennessee where they will compete with students from around the world.

The students are currently raising money allowing them to attend. Advisor Deborah Mauldin, Vilonia High School DECA, made a presentation at the Vilonia Board of Education meeting Monday night saying that she had 12 who qualified, at the state level, to go but three had conflicts preventing them from attending the international conference set for April 23-26.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the students,” Mauldin said. “I am so proud of them. Our students know how to present themselves and they came across very professional (at state competition).”

The cost for conference fees, Mauldin said, is about $105 per person which does not include hotel expenses or food. The organization will take a Vilonia bus cutting down on some expense. The students, Mauldin said, hope to raise about $5,000.

The students are selling smoked pork butts from Cypress Valley for $25 each and the money must be turned in by Friday, April 15, and they will be delivered on April 20. If you would like to purchase one, you may contact any DECA member or email deborah.mauldin@viloniaschools.org

Last year, Mauldin said four students qualified. At the national finals, they will compete in business scenarios with subject matter such as principles of finance, team decisions and hospitality services.  

DECA is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management and other business areas. 

At this year’s state 70th annual state Leadership Development Conference in Fayetteville this was the following results for Vilonia DECA:

1st Place Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making

Sydney Wader

Braxton Barber

2nd Place Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making

Lexie Hillman

Madi Huskey

3rd Place Hospitality Services Team Decision Making

Anne Forsberg

Casey Mae Goff

1st Place Principles of Finance

Rileigh McCoy

2nd Place Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Casey Williams (Casey also was the recipient of the AAMET Scholarship)

Kelly King

Katie Johnson

Skylar Taylor