CHEYENNE – An East High School Distributive Education Clubs of America student recently earned one of the organization’s highest honors during the annual International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sydney O’Brien, who is a senior at East, received the Marketing Communications Series scholarship as one of the top 20 finalists in the nation.
“It was an amazing feeling to be able to go on stage and make it into finals,” O’Brien said in a news release. “I love being a part of DECA, and getting recognized at the national competition was an unforgettable moment for me.”
This year, approximately 100,000 DECA members competed for local, regional and state titles. The competitions were designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. The top state winners then participated in the ICDC.
More than $300,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers during the conference.