Chatham Charter DECA State Results


Forty-one students from the Chatham Charter School chapter of DECA joined more than 5,000 high school business, finance, hospitality and marketing students at the annual NCDECA Career Development Conference held February 29-March 2 in Greensboro, NC. The conference featured general sessions with speakers and award recognitions in addition to the written and role play competitive events.

The following students were recognized for outstanding achievement in competitive events:

  • Kaitlyn Evans and Maddie Teague, 5th place overall, Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Keeley Allen & Ariana Rivera-Romo, state finalists, Business Services Operations Research
  • Garrison Clark, John Whistle Spillman, Tori Vaughn, state finalists, Project Management Sales Project
  • Westin Phillips and Hunter Murphy, top role play, Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making
  • Maddie Teague, top test score, Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Meredith Reese, top test score, Professional Selling Event

​​The state finalists now qualify to attend DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) that will be held April 26-May 1 in Anaheim, CA. In addition, two teams comprising Elphie Spillman, Natalie Hamel, Ariana Rivera-Romo (Castle Cafe) and Garrison Clark, John Whistle Spillman and Tori Vaughn (Castle Creations) qualified to attend and compete at ICDC as part of DECA’s School-Based Enterprise Event.

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 200 business professionals evaluated the members’ performance in the format of role-plays, case studies and prepared presentations.

“In a year with record-breaking attendance more than 1,000 students than 2023, and with all those students fighting to compete in Anaheim for the first time in seven years due to COVID, we are extremely proud of all our members and their effort this year,” said Ashley Wood, Chatham Charter DECA Co-Advisor with Larisa Spillman. “The growth and effort we saw from our members was off the charts, and we look forward to competing at the International level next month.”