PMHS DECA and FBLA students advance

Published 7:00 am Thursday, February 12, 2015

Members of Picayune Memorial High School’s DECA and Future Business Leaders of America groups recently attended a district competition at Jones Junior College and will advance to state level competition.
According to the DECA website, the group’s main priority is to prepare leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
The DECA district competition was held on Jan. 29, DECA advisor Chira Slone said. During the competition students completed a marketing exam and participated in a role-playing event. One example of an event is a food marketing series where the students assume the role of a marketing director.
DECA members Sid Albritton placed first in human resources management. Kimi Herring placed second in apparel and accessories marketing. Amy McClain and Kerrington McCurnin took home second place in team decision-making business law. DeJon Stallings placed fifth in sports and entertainment marketing and Jaylin Williams placed fifth in accounting services marketing.
“They work hard and it shows in their accomplishments,” Slone said. “I’m very proud of them and looking forward to seeing how they perform at state-level competition.”
FBLA advisor Angela Hawthorne said the group is a premier student business organization of young people preparing for success as leaders in business, government and communities.
On Feb. 5, Picayune’s FBLA members competed in a district competition at Jones Junior College.
The students competed in many events including accounting, personal finance, entrepreneurship, business law, business communication, introduction to business, business math and entrepreneurship, Hawthorne said.
FBLA member Sidney Bell placed first in accounting and Sid Albritton placed first in business law. Keith Brown placed fourth in economics and Cole Bean, Dawson Dorn and Logan Dorn placed fifth in entrepreneurship. These students will compete in Jackson at state competition in April, Hawthorne said.
“I’m really proud of all my kids, not just the ones that placed,” Hawthorne said.

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