DECA shines at International Conference in Orlando


Ashley Godlewski, Staff Writer

On April 21st, 2023, 31 Woodhaven Marketing students will compete at the DECA world conference in Orlando. 

There were six winners of achievements at DECA States: Malika Faliha, Andrew Phillips, Alex Rusnak, Jacob Wright as part of the Innovation Plan for Principles of Hospitality and Tourism, Rylie Debacker as a part of the Apparel and Accessories Series, Austin VanMarter, who won two medals for his role plays in the Principles of Marketing.

A junior at WHS named Gabriella Randazzo presented her project on Community Giving that was coordinated with the Downriver for Veterans campaign and veteran advertising. In addition to raising funds for the organization, Gabby and her partner also wanted to share joy and understanding for the contributions the veterans had made to the community. Randazzo discusses qualifying for the international conference, “Being a qualifier for the International Conference in Orlando feels very rewarding due to the amount of work that I put into this project throughout the whole school year. It was surreal to realize that our goal was reached to not only spread awareness to the community but to spread it to states to advance internationally to showcase this empowering organization we teamed up with.” The experience of presenting in front of judges was a fantastic feeling for her and her partner because they put so much effort into the project and created so many memories by sharing what they had worked on for a very long time.

With the support of their adviser Mrs. Meyer, the students’ presentation represented the Woodhaven Brownstown School District, which had a fantastic turnout. The student’s objective was to demonstrate the marketing skills they had learned in class by connecting with network mentors at the conference. The conference provided the students with potential employment for the future and the chance to consider a variety of jobs they might pursue. Disney, Universal Studios, Vendor Network, Written Event Presentations, and many more memorable and exciting activities for both Mrs. Meyer and her students inside as well as outside of the conference. The DECA organization had an amazing time over their season of activities and showed a lot of excitement and encouragement for the incoming students to take part in the organization and experience great moments.