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Seven D. 202 high school students to compete at DECA international conference in Orlando

Seven students from Plainfield North and East high schools will compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) from April 22-25, 2023, in Orlando, Florida.

Referred to by participants as “The Super Bowl” of DECA events, District 202 students will compete with thousands of students from across the nation and world.

Students had to qualify for the conference at the DECA State competition, known as the Illinois Career Development Conference in March in Rosemont.

More than 50 Plainfield North and East high school students competed at the state competition.

PEHS Career Technical Education teacher Angelina Haney is in her 16th year serving as the school’s DECA Advisor.

“I am so proud of all PEHS DECA students and their accomplishments this year,” Haney said.

PNHS Business Education teacher Liam McKenna is in his ninth year serving as the school’s DECA Advisor.

“DECA is a great opportunity for students to meet new people, learn about business topics, and to compete through real world scenarios,” McKenna said.

These students will compete at DECA ICDC:

Plainfield North High School

  • Jackson Dunn, junior, Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
  • Iniya Mani, sophomore, Financial Consulting Event
  • Sydney Pavlik, junior, Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
  • Tharun Veeraiah, sophomore, Financial Operations Research

Plainfield East High School

  • Haroon Arain, junior, Automotive Service Marketing
  • Valery Espinoza, junior, Restaurant & Food Service Marketing
  • Jocelyn Trotter, senior, Apparel & Accessories Marketing

DECA is a competitive club that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

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