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March 15, 2017

Fauquier DECA students qualify for nationals

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Fauquier High School students Oliver Wrigley, Erin Jones and Emma Symanski will advance to the national DECA competition in April.
Liberty High School students Gillian Tocheny, Sarah Swartchick, Jenny Smith, Olivia Castaldy and Kenyi Juarez. Gillian will advance to the national DECA competition.
Three Fauquier High School students and one Liberty High School student have qualified for the national DECA competition.

The four students earned top honors at the DECA State Leadership Conference March 3-5 in Virginia Beach.

From Fauquier High, Oliver Wrigley won first place in the state in the sports and entertainment marketing category; Erin Jones placed second in business services marketing; and Emma Symanski placed fifth in entrepreneurship franchise business plan.

Gillian Tocheny from Liberty High placed in the top eight overall in personal financial literacy.

All four will attend the national competition at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., April 26-29.

Fauquier High School student Tiana Minor was a state finalist in the social media category, and Brandon Robison received a $1,000 scholarship for his academic achievements and contributions to the Virginia DECA Foundation.

In other honors, Meredyth Canard, Emma Gorg, Brandon Robison and Emma Symanski received Merit Awards for their contributions to Virginia DECA; Canard, Robison and Symanski were inducted into the Virginia DECA Honor Society;

Three students also received medals: Meredyth in quick serve restaurant management, Emma in business services marketing and Sophia Waugh in accounting.

Sarah Swartchick from Liberty High School placed in the top eight in role-play in the human resources category.

Nick Fallows of Kettle Run High School placed in the top eight in the selling category.

“DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe,” according to the nonprofit organization’s website.

Business and marketing teacher Valerie Hermes advises the DECA team at Liberty High School and business and marketing teacher Erika Yates, organizes the group at Kettle Run High School.

Business and marketing teacher Kathleen Lynch, the DECA advisor at Fauquier High School, received an Outstanding DECA Advisor award at the state conference.

“It just shows what incredible students we have in Fauquier County,” Ms. Lynch said.
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Jim Griffin · March 16, 2017 at 5:21 pm
Well done, great job. Who knew there are competitions in these subjects? Happy to hear they keep it current!
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