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School District Five students earn top awards and titles at state DECA competition

For Immediate Release – March 9, 2020



School District Five students earn top awards and titles at state DECA competition

IRMO – A group of Lexington-Richland School District Five students and their teacher earned top honors in this year’s state DECA competition.


Spring Hill High School’s DECA chapter along with Dutch Fork High School’s DECA chapter earned awards, and leadership positions. Sherry Stone, who leads Spring Hill’s DECA, also was named the DECA Outstanding New Chapter Advisor during the event February 28-March 1 in Charleston.


School District Five state DECA awards and honors include: State Officer as Vice President of Leadership: Vishwa Diwan (Spring Hill High),  1st place Project Management Community Service Giving: Lilly Miller & Kathryn Bishop (Spring Hill High), 2nd place Business Service Marketing: Tanner Bradley (Spring Hill High), 3rd place Entrepreneurship: John Cody Bennett (Spring Hill High), 3rd place Sports and Entertainment Marketing: Bryson Stutts (Spring Hill High), 4th place Personal Financial Literacy: Vishwa Diwan (Spring Hill High), 5th place Entrepreneurship: Paul “Tripp” Reynolds (Spring Hill High), and 7th place Start-up Business Plan: Nia Berry & Johnniezia Roundtree (Dutch Fork High).  Top 10 honors were presented to Abbi Alexander (Spring Hill High): Apparel and Accessories Marketing and Hailey Frick (Spring Hill High): Marketing Communications.


“I am so very proud of all of my DECA students and the amount of time and effort they have spent preparing for the State Conference,” Stone said. “Many of them spent numerous hours before and after school, as well as their lunch time practicing their presentations. Winning at the state level against excellent competition from other South Carolina schools requires dedication and effort beyond the classroom.”


An international association of high school and college students and teachers, DECA is focused on preparing marketing, management and entrepreneurship students in the areas of business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service.


The first place project the students submitted showcased the Young Athletes Expo, an event at Spring Hill High School that is organized to benefit students with special needs from the ages of 4-7.


“Having the chance to win first place at this competition was an incredible and life changing event,” said Kathryn Bishop. “Lilly was an amazing partner and we worked so hard to get where we are and are beyond excited to have the opportunity to represent Spring Hill, SC DECA, and the Young Athletes Expo at the international level in April. DECA offers so many great opportunities to grow as a leader and work on business skills needed for future careers. We couldn’t have done it without everyone who volunteered to work the Young Athletes Expo and our sponsor Mrs. Stone, who always goes to the greatest lengths to make sure we are the most successful we can possibly be.”


The DECA International Career and Development Conference will be held in Nashville April 22-May 2.


Spring Hill High School principal, Dr. Michael Lofton added, “We want to congratulate all our students on their awards.  The hard work and quality projects they showed at the state DECA competition are examples of what our students at Spring Hill do best.  The real world experiences that the students are gaining through DECA will give them a jump start on the many great things that I know they will do in their lives.”