DECA Students Take States


After a month of preparation, Woodgrove’s DECA team, sponsored by Ms. Stacey Hobbs, made their way to Virginia Beach to compete in the two day DECA State Leadership Conference (SLC) on March 10. To qualify for states, students had to first compete in the district competition and place in the top two for their category, or complete both a written event and a presentation.

There are 54 categories for DECA members to participate in. Students who placed in the top of their categories in the state competition included Junior Noah McBride and Seniors Andrew Fincher, Kyle Branch, and Bruce Hoffman

The team had a great showing at SLC, and four Woodgrove students qualified for the Nationals competition on April 22 through April 27 to be held in Nashville, Tennessee. Hoffman placed fourth in his individual event, and the School Based Enterprise Team (the popular DECA school store), placed first in the state in what is known as DECA’s most competitive category. McBride, and Branch and Fincher will accompany them to nationals.

Senior Eliza Stribling, a DECA member for two years, competed in the highly regarded School Based Enterprise Team along with Brad Hoffman and Ryan Virts.

“I love DECA because it gives me the opportunity to network and meet fellow high school students that love business as much as I do,” said Stribling.

Senior Ryan Virts has been a member of DECA for three years. “DECA has become a huge part of my life. It has given me skills that have helped me exponentially in the real world. It has developed me as a person as well as a student, and it has gained me tons of lifelong friends and connections. It makes me feel accomplished,” said Virts.