District DECA Chapter Shines at State

Lassiter High School Advances Nine to International Competition.

Building on an outstanding showing at the 2019 International DECA Championships, Lassiter High School was poised for a strong performance at the 2020 competition prior to school shuttering.

A unique element of Career Education is the opportunity for students to apply what is learned in the classroom through state, national, and international competitions sponsored by Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSO). Students in Cobb have experienced a great deal of success competing in the nine CTSOs supported at middle and high schools across the district. Following an outstanding showing at the 2019 DECA International Championships, where four students placed in the top 20 in the world, Lassiter High School set a new bar of success as their 2020 DECA state competition team earned 16 top ten finishes in six competitive categories and had nine students qualify for international competition.

As its mission, DECA seeks to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, and hospitality management around the world. In its 75-year history, DECA has influenced the career paths of more than ten million students and educators using the latest technology and educational research to provide students with unique challenges. According to Katie Griffin-Seguin, Lassiter’s DECA faculty advisor, the unprecedented events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic added an additional level of challenge for the chapter’s run of success at the state competition. “Despite the many challenges of 2020, Lassiter’s DECA students continued to give the organization their very best,” Griffin-Seguin said. “When school was cancelled in the Spring, they moved their annual Carnival benefitting CHOA to social media. They spent the summer making plans and back-up plans. These young professionals are dedicated to be the best in everything we do: competition, fundraising, communication and community service. I feel privileged to be their advisor and can’t wait to watch them succeed,”

The team’s efforts were led by Gabi Morris, with a 2nd place finish in Retail Merchandising, and the Innovation Plan team of Devon Brodmeyer, Gabi Morris, and Andrew Toomey, who took 3rd place. Derek Dutta (Quick Service Restaurant Management), Sara Lionberger (Hotel & Lodging), Harry Eustace (Sports & Entertainment Marketing), Zak Eustace (Sports & Entertainment Marketing), Andrew Toomey (Entrepreneurship), Noah Schwartz (Entrepreneurship) and Faaris Hussain (Principles of Finance) also qualified for international competition in their respective challenge areas.


Arthur O’Neill, Supervisor
Career • Technology • Agriculture Education

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