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Crowning Achievement for 1st Year Brookville DECA

Hershey, Pa.

This past week, 6 Brookville students traveled to Hershey Lodge and Conference Center to represent their school and community's first DECA chapter at the 69th Annual Pennsylvania DECA Career Development Conference.  At the conference, they were joined by almost 3,000 students from across Pennsylvania as they competed in categories related to their future career interests.

Sophomore Bay Harper with his 2nd place trophy.

DECA is a business and entrepreneurial club for high school students who compete in various categories based on their career and professional interests. The competition includes a 100 question written exam, along with professional scenarios that students must navigate and execute in front of corporate judges. Judges for the state conference included major executives from companies such as Macy's, AT&T, Department of Education, Ohio State University, Drexel University, Merrill Lynch, Walgreens, United Airlines, Walmart, and Yellowstone National Park to name a few.

Representing Brookville Area High School:
Amanda Wolfe- Accounting 
Taylor Reitz- Entrepreneurship 
Laura McMillen- Principles of Business Management and Administration
Colby George- Principles of Hospitality 
Bay Harper- Principles of Marketing 
Avery Gilhousen- Sports and Entertainment Marketing 

Bay Harper, who is a sophomore at Brookville Area High School, had the crowning achievement of placing 2nd in the state for Principles of Marketing.  He also received an award for having the best response to the professional scenario of his category.
"It was an amazing experience and I'm so happy we got to do this," said Harper.

All 6 of the students will have the opportunity to attend DECA's International Career Development Conference in Nashville, TN, where Harper has been invited to compete on the international stage.  If you are interested in supporting the Brookville DECA program through a financial contribution or sponsorship, you can contact their advisor Melinda Burton ( or assistant principal Kyle Gordon (

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