On Thursday December 1st, students from Vidalia High School competed in the DECA regional competition at Camden County High School against several other schools under the leadership of Vidalia High School’s DECA advisor, Jay Cravey. DECA is a club that prepares students for leadership roles and decision-making in career fields such as marketing, finance, or hospitality and management. Students take an online test in a category picked to best suit their abilities prior to going to the region competition. The score from the online test is combined with a role-play performance score to determine one’s final score. At the region competition, students were given a scenario to assume the position of a business leader and solve a problem. Students are judged on the ability to creatively come up with solutions, solve problems tactfully, and communicate ideas effectively in a one on one interaction with a judge. Region winners were as follows: Josh Bell (1st place- Sports and Entertainment Marketing, highest role play and highest test score), Tate Brantley (2nd place- Principles of Business Management and Administration), Ben Cato (3rd place- Personal Finance Literacy), Amelia Culpepper (3rd place- Principles of Marketing), Ginny Grace Gourley (2nd place- Hotel and Lodging Management), Natalie Owens (3rd place- Restaurant and Food Management), Baleigh Rawlins (2nd place- Retail Merchandising, highest role play score), Bryce Spivey (1st place- Food Marketing Series, highest role play), Noah Stuckless (2nd place- Marketing Communications), and Cameron Yarbrough (1st place- Human Resource Management, highest role play and highest test score). Students will have the opportunity to compete in the state competition in Atlanta in February after taking a qualification test online.