3 students head for California for DECA competition

Marketing students Gabriel Cameron and Johnathan Pena, both seniors, and Logan Slevoski, a junior, are flying to Anaheim, California tomorrow to compete in an international business and marketing competition that draws 21,000 participants. Gabriel, son of Carlos and Yoed Cameron of Lawrence, was a medalist in both the district and state competitions earlier this year. For this event, he will take a written test on business and industry standards, and create a marketing plan based on a specific scenario on which he will be briefed. 

Logan, son of Kathy and Kurt Slevoski of Georgetown, and Johnathan, son of Jorge and Silvia Pena of West Newbury, will both participate in DECA's Emerging Leadership Series, two days of conferences and break-out sessions. They are being chaperoned by Culinary Arts Instructor Cathie Baines and will  enjoy a trip to Disneyland and Universal Studios while there.

It is Whittier's first time competing in DECA. Marketing Teachers Amanda Crosby and Linda Sarno trained and enrolled their students because SkillsUSA did not have a category specific to their vocational-technical program. 

DECA is Distributive Education Clubs of America, an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing.