The Marysville-Pilchuck High School DECA Club had success in the Jan. 19 regional competition and nine of their members will be heading to state this year.
The international organization focuses on teaching students a number of career and technical skills and holds competitions each year.
There were approximately 600 competitions at this year’s regional competition, which was held in Monroe.
There are a number of categories and the competitions are divided into “role play” and “presentation.”
M-PHS student and DECA member MacKenzie Konsor came in fourth this year in a food marketing role play.
“Beforehand you have 10 minutes to get your scenario,” said Konsor.
“You have to talk about how you’re going to approach the problem,” she said.
M-PHS student Mikayla Kerker gave a presentation about financial consulting this year and came in second.
“I got my theme, or my prompt, a couple of months in advance and I’ve been working on it for about two months,” she said.
“We present our ideas to the judge. So, for example, my prompt was to help provide a monthly budget for a millennial, along with a savings plan,” she said.
Both Kerker and Konsor placed high enough to advance to the state competition, and will join seven other students with the club on Feb. 28 to March 2 to compete in Bellevue.
This will be Konsor’s second year going to the state competition.
“Last year I didn’t think I was going to make it. It was my first year and I was just trying something new,” she said.
“It was a great experience,” she said.
Kerker didn’t qualify for the state competition last time she participated in DECA, but did this year.
“It was really fun to get the award and hear that I’m going to state,” she said.
The presentation prompt is the same as the regional competition, so Kerker will have more time to work on hers.
“It should be exciting because we get to develop our plans a little more,” she said.
Although Konsor will have to be ready for a new exercise.
“For role play it’s a completely different scenario, although it is still in your topic and I have food marketing as my topic,” she said.
Both of the students said they have enjoyed being part of DECA.
“My favorite part about being in DECA is just having a community that supports you no matter what you do,” said Kerker.
“Even if you don’t place in state, you still have that community that supports you and just wants you to do your best,” she said.