Return to Headlines

Record Number of DSHS DECA Students Qualify for State

January 25, 2022


A school-record 43 Dripping Springs High School students qualified for the state DECA competition based on their performances at the district meet on Saturday, Jan. 22, at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock. A total of 63 DSHS students competed at the district event. The 43 state qualifiers surpassed the previous school record of 33 set in 2020.


The state competition is scheduled for Feb. 24-26 in Houston.


DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.


The DSHS state qualifiers are:


Apparel and Accessories Marketing

Evelyn Chis

Nickolas Palafoutas


Automotive Services Marketing

Chase Castillo


Business Finance

Erich Burmeister
Gavin Guida

Margot Heltzel


Business Services Marketing Series

Gabriella Erb


Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making

Michael Mazzucca

Collin Scott


Entrepreneurship Series

Teagan Krewson


Start-Up Business Plan

Sammi Hardin

Piper Price

Emma Vannoy


Financial Services Team Decision Making

Lexian Andrushko

Zara Watts


Integrated Marketing Campaign – Event

Rebeca Avalos-Oviedo

Caitlyn Dorsey


Business Management and Administration

Keegan Ballard


Personal Financial Literacy Event

Jace Byrd


Marketing Management Team Decision Making

Emmy Ashby

Luke Austin

Annika Carpenter

Liam Collins

Jordan Cumberland

Dallin Hollingsworth

Aidan Johannsen

Phillip Olson

Caroline Siddons

Vinay Verma


Project Management Business Solutions

Sophia Kerr


Restaurant and Food Service Management

Deshawn Seneviratne


Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series

Eli Craddock

Allen Ferno

Chase Grunden

Will Johns


Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making

Ian Driggers

James Mihic

Nathaniel Warner

Jackson Wiedemann


Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making

Angel Castillo

Joseph Drummond

Perri Parnell

Landry Puryear