Francis Howell DECA members earn recognition at International Competition

Posted on 05/17/2022
Francis Howell North DECA members at DECA International Career Development Conference

More than two dozen high school students from the Francis Howell School District competed at the annual International Career Development Conference held April 22-27, 2022 in Atlanta, Ga. 

The students, representing all three FHSD high schools, qualified for the competition after placing in state and regional competitions designed to simulate real-life business scenarios.

DECA members compete in various categories involving tests, presentations and realistic business circumstances that are designed to gauge students’ academic understanding and skills development. The top performers from schools across the country put their talents to the test during the final round of competition.

The DECA International Career Development Conference was the pinnacle of competition where a record number of students—nearly 17,000—fought for international honors. More than $300,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.

This year’s ICDC qualifiers were:


  • Rachel Buchanan, Project Management Business Solutions
  • Joe Key, Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan
  • Pavan Kolluru, Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan
  • Ellie Lichty, Project Management Business Solutions
  • Bailey Scarbrough, Human Resource Management
  • Natalie Stevens, Quick Serve Restaurant Management

  • Isabelle Dunbar, Sports and Entertainment Marketing
  • Abigail Ekstrom, Independent Business Plan
  • Brooke Jacquin, Independent Business Plan
  • Lauren Junghans, Principles of Business Management and Administration
  • Katt Mossinghoff, Business Service Marketing
  • Julie Steiger, Quick Serve Restaurant Management
  • Abigail Struble, Hotel and Lodging Management

  • Quinn Douglas- Principles of Business Management 
  • Zach Fults- Restaurant and Food Management
  • Dalton Jay- Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series
  • Thomas Hubbard- Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
  • Ahron Kahn- Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
  • Spencer Klein- Retail Merchandising Series
  • Rolen McDevitt- Human Resources Management
  • Aidan Colby- Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making
  • Sam Milliken- Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making
  • Aidan Boss- Business Finance
  • Elly Chamberlain- Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making
  • William Orf- Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making
  • Aidan Hernandez-Leadership Delegate
  • Caden James- Entrepreneurship Series

    Joe Key and Pavan Kolluru finished 4th in the nation for their Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan. Katt Mossinghoff was a top 20 finalist in her respective event. Lauren Junghans also earned honors for having a top role-play presentation and earning a silver medallion. They are all invited to attend the Excellence in Marketing Education Ceremony at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City on May 17, 2022. In addition, four Francis Howell Central students received the Silver Seal of Excellence Award for scoring in the top 25% of their event. Congratulations to Quinn Douglas, Zach Fults, Dalton Jay and Aidan Boss.

    We are so proud of all of the amazing students that competed at the international level. Qualifying to compete at this level is not an easy task.

DECA is an international association of high school students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. More than 180,000 students from the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are involved in this organization.

For more information about DECA, visit the organization’s website.

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