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1,500 students from Gloucester County attend DECA Regional Competition

1,500 students from Gloucester County attend DECA Regional Competition

(Cherry Hill, NJ) On Jan. 9, Freeholder Heather Simmons served as a judge for the DECA Regional Competition at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill.

DECA is an international association of high school and college students and a space for students to learn and perfect business skills. Students involved in this program engage in competitions in the form of one-on-one roleplay sessions involving topics of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service.

Freeholder Simmons, Liaison to the Department of Economic Development, said, "It was an honor to be able to sit down with these high school students and engage with them in this environment. DECA provides a creative way to learn important skills that will help these students achieve in almost any work environment, such as communication, networking, and customer service."

There were 1,500 students from Gloucester County high schools that attended and competed. Overall 10,000 students are competing at the regional level all around the state, giving them the opportunity to earn a slot at the State Career Development Conference at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City in February.

Below:  Alexis Esposito, Cinnaminson High School Marketing Teacher, DECA Advisor and Freeholder Heather Simmons