Derby DECA medals at regionals


Alyssa Lai

The Panthers won nine medals at the Wichita Regional DECA tournament at Newman University.

Junior Esteban Macias stood out in the competition with first-place medals in Human Resources Management and was the overall champion at regionals.

“Basically, there are two stages at the competition,” Macias said. “The first is where you do a little test over basic business terms and things like that. And in the second you do a mock interview with a judge over a random topic. You get 10 minutes to prepare a solution (for the interview). It’s actually really fun.”

At the last tournament, Macias got first place in Business Management & Admin Exam and Human Resource Management.

Even though Macias is a repeat champion, he doesn’t have a set strategy for  winning.

“I don’t really know why I win,” Macias said. “I’m not going to lie. I did not really prepare. I just kind of went to competition and did my thing. I guess I just kind of have my charisma which really helps me get more points in my interview.”

The following students medaled:

First place

Junior Esteban Macias – Human Resources Management Exam & Overall Champion

Junior Thu Le – Accounting Applications

Senior Alyssa Lai – Marketing Communications Series

Junior Andy Nguyen – Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Second Place

Junior Emily Bui – Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

Senior Chloe Johnson – Principles of Business Management Exam

Junior Clayton Griswold – Restaurant & Food Service Management Exam & 2nd Place Overall

Junior Noah Yon – Food Marketing Series

Third Place

Junior Trenten Wilder – Principles of Business Management