DARLINGTON, S.C. – Five students from the Darlington County Institute of Technology (DCIT) placed in competitions recently at the South Carolina DECA Career Development Conference in Charleston.
The S.C. DECA Career Development Conference is held each spring and gives students the opportunity to attend meetings, participate in workshops, elect state officers, visit exhibit booths and compete.
Sandra Hammons of Darlington High School took home first place in the Personal Selling Presentation competition. Hammons is now invited to participate in the International DECA Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tenn. from April 23-26. More than 18,000 students, advisors and business leaders are expected to attend the event.
Jared Martrano of Hartsville High School placed in the top ten for the Retail Merchandising competition. Hunter Purvis of Hartsville High School placed in the top ten for the Marketing Management competition. Jada Zimmerman of Darlington High School placed in the top ten for the Retail Merchandising competition. Cindy Martinez of Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology placed in the top ten for the Principals of Business Administration competition.
DCIT instructors Pamela Smith and Latricia Jackson serve as the DECA advisors to the students. Smith teaches Marketing and Accounting at DCIT. Jackson teaches Professional Leadership and Development, Entrepreneurship and Finance.
At the annual state conference, DECA students take an objective online test and participate in a role-playing situation related to their event. Advanced preparation at the school includes taking paper and computer tests, completing class assignments and participating in role-playing situations with peers, staff and volunteers from the community. This year, approximately 600 students competed at the state conference. Students who placed in the top of their respective events were honored with a certificate and medallion during an awards banquet.