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South Forsyth DECA fares well at world competition

SOUTH FORSYTH — More than 28,000 attendees from around the world gathered to put their marketing skills to the test at a recent international DECA competition, and one local high school shined.

South Forsyth High School placed well in a number of competitions. DECA programs can be found in high schools and colleges throughout the world and send individually represented teams to showcase business and marketing projects.

Following are the international accomplishments garnered by students in South’s DECA program, according to Debra Moore, marketing instructor and DECA advisor at the school:

* Nick Straka and Lauren Gimotty won second place for their international business plan

* Daniel Graves, Sydney Janes and Lindsay Nance placed third in the finish line marketing challenge

* Catherine Organ and Emma Maisel earned fourth place for their sport and entertainment promotion plan

* Anna Snarey, Claire Cogland and Brianna Helms won seventh place in creative marketing research

* Daniel Graves placed in the top 10 in professional sales presentations

* Ashley Suk also placed in the top 10 for hotel and lodging management role play

* Hannah Hite, Alexandra Montay and Hoda Negahi were national finalists in the FIDM fashion marketing runway challenge

* Liam Shannon and Juliana Correa won national scholarships

* More than 70 percent of South’s competitors finished in the top 20 percent in their respective competitive events

The program at South was “once again named the World’s Largest DECA Chapter” with 1,313 members.