Over 2,500 students, teachers, administrators and business professionals attended the annual Arizona DECA Career Development Conference from March 2-4 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

This year’s conference featured competitive events in 44 different areas of marketing, management, finance, hospitality and entrepreneurship.  Students from 87 different high schools across the state competed for the opportunity to represent Arizona at the annual International DECA Conference where 16,000 students from all over North America, Germany and Guam will compete for $1,000,000 in academic scholarships, awards and cash prizes.  In addition to competition, students had the opportunity to attend career development workshops and participate in the first ever Arizona DECA Cash Course!  Arizona DECA also awarded $31,500 in academic scholarships at the conference!

DECAis the premier international leadership organization that develops emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and managementand is currently operating in 96 different high schoolsand colleges in Arizona with a membership of over 7,500 students, teachers and business professionals.  Arizona DECA is housed and funded in part by the Career and Technical Education Sectionof the Arizona Department of Education, John Huppenthal – State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

For a complete list of winners, please visit www.azdeca.org