By Saba Partovi
The DECA team at Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) finished in the top ten at the International and Career Development Conference (ICDC) in April.
The students attended the business competition held in Orlando, Florida which attracts the top high school accounting students from across America and nine other countries.
The team made finals and two students finished in the top ten of the Stock Portfolio Analysis and Accounting Application events.
This was GHCHS DECA’s first time attending national championships and also the first time in eight years since a Los Angeles area school placed this high at an ICDC event.
There were almost 13,000 students competing in over 50 different events at ICDC.
Junior Owen Setiadi qualified for finals in the Accounting Applications event after finishing in first place in the California state competition in March.
“Competing in ICDC opened my eyes to opportunities that exist in the world,” Setiadi said.
Setiadi was one of GHCHS’s seven students who was sent to ICDC after previously winning regional and state titles.
DECA competitions are designed to simulate real life business scenarios where students are tested in business theory, which ultimately prepares them for business careers in the future.
DECA also sent two teams to the Stock Market Simulation event at ICDC where one team placed in the top ten out of 84 other competitors.
GHCHS senior, Brittney Alfaro, and juniors Emma Foster and Emily Wang participated in the stimulation where they acted as stock analysts and wooed the judges with a fully functioning website called “Lucky Penny Investments.”
As the DECA season comes to a close, GHCHS takes pride in how far the team has come and is excited for what’s in store next year.