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State school chief honors three from South
Students hailed for DECA showing
Georgia School Superintendent John Barge, second from left, recently honored three South Forsyth High School marketing students, from left, Amanda Guglielmo, Brian Mesa and Liam Shannon. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

ATLANTA — Three DECA marketing club members from South Forsyth High School were recently honored by State School Superintendent John Barge.

Barge held an event recognizing high-achieving Georgia students on Aug. 5 at the state Department of Education in Atlanta.

Among those recognized were Amanda Guglielmo, Brian Mesa and Liam Shannon. They were honored for their performance during the 2013-14 school year at the DECA international competition.

Out of 200,000 Career and Technical Student Organization members in Georgia, South was one of just two high schools (Parkview in Gwinnett County was the other) to attend the international competition.

Guglielmo, Mesa and Shannon were three of five marketing students in Georgia to be included in the recognition event for their international performance.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for opportunities in marketing, finance, hospitality and management while they’re in high school and college.

In a statement, South marketing instructor Seth Hutchinson praised the students.

“This is an incredible opportunity to reflect on how far our students have come and the tremendous hope they have for the future,” he said. “It is very inspiring to watch students leverage their academic preparation to become community-oriented and professionally responsible through DECA.”