GCHS DECA members turned in solid performances at state competition and will soon be headed to nationals in Nashville as a result. In total, 32 students received recognition for their efforts and advanced to either compete or attend the Thrive Academy, DECA’s leadership program.
In competitive events, 1st place finishes included: Mekenzie Ballard, McKenzie Snyder, Creative Marketing Project; Blake Davis, Ethan Hayse, Mallory Thomas, Public Relations Project; Danielle Grapes, Kevin Wilson, Financial Literacy Promotion Project; Audrey Maze, Principles of Finance; Kevin Brackett, Principles of Marketing.
In 2nd Place: Hannah Clemons, Noah Cummings, Zach Lashley, Community Service Project, MDA; Robbie Hayes, Principles of Business Administration.
3rd place: Shana Bradley, Haley Dockery, Matt Jackey, Learn and Earn Project; Ashley Clemons, Wyatt Jaggers, Shelbi Pendergest, Community Service Project, Autism; Alvaro Martos, KY Retailing Concepts; Chase Minton, Professional Selling; Melanie Horn, Travel and Tourism Professional Selling.
In 4th place were Jarrett Crawford, Automotive Services Marketing; Logan Hart, Grant Haycraft, Marketing Communications Team.
Blair Dayton placed 5th in Human Resources Management, finalists were Kristin Hughes, Hotel and Lodging Management; Jessica Robinson, Business Services Marketing; Matt Daugherty, Food Services Marketing; Dylan Geary, Principles of Marketing; Amos Goodman, Retail Merchandising; and Josh Hill, Sports and Entertainment Series.
The GCHS chapter also won awards for Community Service, Promotion and Membership campaigns. It was also the largest chapter in the state with 171 members including high school, alumni, and professionals, and the largest percentage increase in membership. Ashley Clemons was named Outstanding Chapter Member.