Photo courtesy Brad Kennett
SAFARI—Juniors Giday Shega and Vanessa Williams participate in the DECA “Safari Challenge” at the Henry Doorly Zoo.

Marketing students travel to leadership conference
Nearly 30 DECA members go to Omaha

By Caitlyn Wolfgang and Marlene Valdovinos

Nearly 30 WHS DECA members from the marketing program joined over 1,000 students from 13 other Midwest states at the 50th annual DECA Central Region Leadership Conference Friday-Sunday in Omaha, Neb. 

Highlights of the trip for the 27 WHS marketing students and their chaperones included a tour of the Omaha World Herald newspaper, a  “Safari Challenge” at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and a party celebrating the 50th anniversary of the conference that included dancing, a climbing wall and inflatable amusements. Students also attended career and leadership workshops and listened to key-note speakers.

Adviser Brad Kennett said the event was a blast. 

“Students were able to listen to a lot of great speakers and attend a lot of great workshops,” Kennett said. “The conferences are always a good mix between education and fun. Students can learn skills that they can use throughout their own future careers.”


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