Derby DECA medals at regionals

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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 forĀ  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