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Hedgesville students heading to Utah

April 17, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Seven Hedgesville High School juniors and seniors are to go to Salt Lake City this week to test their marketing skills with other business students from all over the world.

Seniors Julie Hugins, Allison White, Danielle Durham, Nathan Hernandez, Andrew Jaques and Derek Criswell and junior Janelle Poisal will represent the state at the International Career Development Conference from April 19-24.

They are members of the school's DECA group, an association for marketing students.

Eighteen students from the school in early March participated in the state conference in Charleston, W.Va., competing against nearly 300 other students. Fifteen placed in the top six in various categories.

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Poisal ran for state office while at the state conference and was appointed vice president of West Virginia DECA.

She said she had to take a test and campaign.

"DECA provides a lot of opportunities for a future in business, and it's fun," she said.

Their teacher said the students are doing well and he's very proud of their efforts.

"You always hear about the negativity around kids, but they (the DECA students) do a lot of positive things, and they need to be recognized for it," said teacher Frank DiNicola.

Only the students who placed first and second qualify for the international conference.

The conferences give students the opportunity to demonstrate their marketing knowledge, expertise and interest.

The categories they competed in included apparel and accessories, business services, career competency, food marketing, retail merchandising, sales presentation, vocational math and financial services management.

The students will compete in the same categories at the international conference.

The competitions include 100-question tests and role-playing to test their skills.

DiNicola has been teaching the two-year marketing principles course and heading the DECA club for 23 years.

He said that over the years students have competed in international conferences in Los Angeles, Houston, St. Louis and Chicago.

As part of the marketing principles course the students work in various retail, marketing or business jobs.

On top of courses and work, the students volunteer in the community as a group. They host a Christmas party for children, participate in Adopt-A-Highway and more.

"They are great kids," he said.

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