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Four DSHS DECA Students Qualify for International Competition

March 3, 2022


A record 13 Dripping Springs High School DECA students advanced to the state finals in their respective events while four students qualified for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) at the DECA state competition in Houston last weekend.   


Dripping Springs had a school-record 43 students qualify for the state DECA contest in January. International qualifiers were Eli Craddock (Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series), Margot Heltzel (Business Finance), Perri Parnell (Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making) and Landry Puryear (Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making). Craddock and Heltzel will be making their second consecutive trip to the ICDC.


DSHS students advancing to the state finals were Luke Austin and Phillip Olson in Marketing Management Team Decision Making, Rebeca Avalos-Oviedo and Caitlyn Dorsey in Integrated Marketing Plan – Event, Chase Castillo in Automotive Services Marketing, Evelyn Chis in Apparel and Accessories Marketing, Gabriella Erb in Business Services Marketing Series, Teagan Krewson in Entrepreneurship Series and Deshawn Seneviratne in Restaurant and Food Service Management Series.


The ICDC will be held April 23-26 in Atlanta, Ga.


International Qualifiers:

Eli Craddock - Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series

Margot Heltzel - Business Finance

Perri Parnell - Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making

Landry Puryear - Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making


State Finalists:

Luke Austin - Marketing Management Team Decision Making

Rebeca Avalos-Oviedo - Integrated Marketing Plan - Event

Chase Castillo - Automotive Services Marketing

Evelyn Chis - Apparel & Accessories Marketing

Caitlyn Dorsey - Integrated Marketing Plan - Event

Gabriella Erb - Business Services Marketing Series

Teagan Krewson - Entrepreneurship Series

Phillip Olson - Marketing Management Team Decision Making

Deshawn Seneviratne - Restaurant and Food Service Management Series