International Career Development Conference
Posted on 04/28/2022
International Career Development Conference
Badger DECA had twelve members qualify to compete at the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from April 23-27. There were approximately 16,000 people attending this annual event and it was the first in-person conference since 2019.

Badger students were able to attend sessions with industry speakers, learn leadership skills, network with other members, take career cluster tests, compete in industry-validated role plays, as well as deliver prepared presentations.

Students competing included:
Kara Todd, 10, Personal Financial Literacy
Zoe Sheeks, 10, Personal Financial Literacy
Lucy Pether, 10, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
Ellie White, 10, School-Based Enterprise - Food
Wyatt Krueger, 12, School-Based Enterprise - Food
Mason Parent, 12, Business Services Operations Research
Conrad Perez, 12, Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research
Makayla Cooper, 12, Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research
Liam Gerard, 12, Entrepreneurship Independent Business Plan
Keira Bays, 12, Entrepreneurship Startup Business Plan
Molly Bergstrom, 12, Retail Merchandising
Melynna Arreola-Quiroga, 12, Entrepreneurship Startup Business Plan

Melynna was selected as a top twenty International Finalist during the conference for her 10-page business plan paper and presentation.  

In addition to the competition, students were able to attend a music concert, get a tour of the Georgia Aquarium, visit the College Football Hall of Fame, walk through the World of Coca-Cola, and go for a ride on the Atlanta SkyView, and experience a formal Korean chapter dinner.

The funding for this trip was supported by our School-Based Enterprise.  Badger DECA is proud of all attendees as it was a successful and safe experience for our students.


Photo (L to R):
Lucy Pether, Kara Todd, Zoe Sheeks, Ellie White, Wyatt Krueger, Mason Parent, Liam Gerard, Conrad Perez, Makayla Cooper, Molly Bergstrom, Melynna Arreola-Quiroga, Kiera Bays
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