McDowell High School’s Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Chapter traveled to Greensboro recently to compete at the state level in a variety of marketing, business and entrepreneurship events with over 3,500 students.

They not only competed, but attended workshops and took part in recognition testing. MHS students were awarded with several DECA awards.

Students are awarded medals for top role play scores and top test scores. Their combined role play and test scores result in the top 10 state finalists, and the top five students in each category are awarded trophies. Trophy winners will go on to compete at DECA's International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in April along with over 18,000 other DECA students from around the world.

DECA advisor and sports and entertainment marketing instructor Mindy Hutchins received the Clifton B. Belcher Professional Division Award at the conference. This is a professional award that is given to educators who are nominated by their peers as model educators and are chosen based on their contributions to the growth and development of marketing education and DECA.

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