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Anderson High School/Great Oaks students recognized on stage at the International DECA/Marketing Conference

Five Anderson High School students were recognized on stage as being among the top students in their events at the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held in Atlanta.  These students were:

Ashley Gavin and Ann Sullivan – Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan – Top ten in the world

Ann Sullivan and Ashley Gavin

Ann Sullivan and Ashley Gavin

Sarah Amrine and Isabel Huseman – Buying and Merchandising Team Event – International Finalists and Top 10 Role Play

Caroline Williams – Human Resources Series Event – Top 10 Role Play

They are students in the Marketing Management & Research Program, a satellite business program of Great Oaks Career Campuses.

DECA hosted the 71th annual International Career Development Conference.   The ICDC is DECA’s highest level of competition and encompasses career-focused competitions in finance, hospitality and tourism, marketing, management and entrepreneurship.  Drawing more than 18,000 DECA students, advisors, alumni and affiliated businesspeople from all 50 states and around the world, the 4-day conference is the largest business competition for high school students in the world.

During the school year, approximately 120,000 of DECA’s 200,000 student members take part in the organization’s Competitive Events Program, where they vie with one another at local and state competitions.  The events include real-life business scenarios and project presentations that are designed to test students’ academic understanding and skills development, as well as DECA’s overall program strength.

The Anderson students competed in a district competition against approximately 350 students with top students advancing to the state level.  The State competition occurred in March with 62 Anderson High School students attending.  The top four state winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Atlanta, Georgia.

The other ten students who qualified to compete internationally and attended were:

Christian Becker and Sean Schaeffer – Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team

Kirsten Johnson and Josie Lackmeyer – Hospitality Marketing Team

Ryan Faherty and Noah Von Holle – Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan

Elle Painter and Megan Sullivan– Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan

Gwen Flick – Advertising Campaign

Madeleine Flick – Marketing Communications Series Event

The Anderson High School DECA chapter is part of the Marketing Management & Research Program, a satellite business program of Great Oaks Career Campuses.  Karen Vanderhorst is the instructor.​  Parent and business inquires about the program can be made to Mrs. Vanderhorst at



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