Members of the Butler Tech-Edgewood DECA chapter of Trenton, OH DECA joined over 2,000 high school business, finance, hospitality, and marketing students at the annual association career development conference held March 8-10, 2024, at Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH.


The following students received recognition of individual ability and achievement at the association level:


Kaylynn Spencer – Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling

Samuel Banks, Luke Hasley, Evan Hulshult - Innovation Plan

Caden Sparks – Principles of Finance

Cooper Chasteen, Kaitlyn Johns -Gold-Certified School-Based Enterprise

Savanna Huddleson, Aiden Johnson, Lucas Powers – THRIVE Level in DECA Chapter and Membership Campaigns


These students will advance to international level competition at the DECA International Career Development Conference that will be held April 26-May 2, 2024, in Anaheim, CA.


As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career-ready when they graduate from high school. More than 60 business professionals evaluated the members’ performance in the format of role-plays, case studies, and prepared presentations.


DECA prepares our future leaders to be academically prepared, community-oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders, said Rocky Chasteen, Butler Tech-Edgewood High School Business Teacher, DECA Advisor.