DECA Students Compete at Districts


The Chatham Charter chapter of DECA, an organization of marketing students, participated in its first competitive event of the school year on Thursday, November 30. The District 4 competitive event, held at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford, hosted approximately 330 high school students from 10 area high schools. Students had the opportunity to demonstrate skills in a role play with judges from education, business fields, and the community. Prior to the event, students took knowledge-based tests related to their competitive areas.

The Chatham Charter chapter had 44 students and two advisors who participated in the district event. 

Chatham Charter award winners:

Apparel & Accessories Marketing

Top Role Play: Keeley Allen, Kaitlyn Evans, Ariana Rivera-Romo, Kaylee Root, Elphie Spillman, Olivia Steele, Maddie Teague

Top Exam Score: Kaitlyn Evans, Adam Reese, Ariana Rivera-Romo, Elphie Spillman, and Maddie Teague

Top 10 overall: Maddie Teague (1st), Elphie Spillman (2nd), Kaitlyn Evans (3rd), Keeley Allen, Adam Reese, Ariana Rivera-Romo, Kaylee Root

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Top Role Play: Maggie Moody

Top 10 overall:  Meredith Reese

Quick Serve Restaurant Management  

Top Role Play: Katie Scheffler, Sam Stanifer

Top 10 overall: Austin Hill, Katie Scheffler

Chatham Charter DECA students participate in competitions at the District, State and International level every year. Additionally, members run the Castle Cafe, and Castle Creations, a new student-run apparel business. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

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