Four members of the Shady Side Academy Senior School DECA Club participated in the 2022 DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC), held in Atlanta, Ga., April 23-26.
The SSA students qualified for ICDC after strong performances at the Pennsylvania State Career Development Conference (SCDC) in Hershey in February.
Senior Crystal Ma, sophomore Rohan Shrishrimal and senior Anker Zhao competed in the Innovation Plan event and were one of only 18 teams to advance out of the preliminary round to the final competition; however they did not place in the finals.
Junior Nichole Poltinnikov competed in the Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling event, but did not advance out of the preliminary round.
DECA high school chapters prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for college and careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
The ICDC is the culmination of the DECA year, drawing more than 20,000 high school students, teacher-advisors, business professionals and alumni. DECA members demonstrate their college and career-ready knowledge and skills by participating in DECA's industry-validated Competitive Events Program, aligned with Career Clusters, National Curriculum Standards and 21st Century Skills in the areas of marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurship.
Congratulations to all four students and DECA faculty advisor Jesse Robinson!