Future entrepreneurs at Battlefield and Gar-Field High Schools are setting their sights on international leadership conference
Posted on 03/15/2018
Picture of Battlefield High School students at DECA conference

Battlefield and Gar-Field High Schools are growing business leaders of tomorrow. Marketing students from both schools were awarded proficiency level certificates at the recent state conference of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). A total of eight students qualified to compete at the International Career Development Conference in April, to be held in Atlanta.

“Even the weather could not stop 30 Battlefield DECA members from coming together with 4,000 other Virginia DECA students for a weekend of collaboration, competition, and leadership,” said Jennifer Smith, Battlefield High marketing teacher.

“We are super excited to recognize the amazing students who advanced to the international level, as state finalists,” said Christy Mangano, also a marketing teacher at Battlefield High.

The Battlefield High state finalists and their categories of expertise are:

  • Chase Pauli, Myles Williams – Business Services Operations Research
  • Manav Gangele, Riley Nguyen, Jamie Spedde – Entrepreneurship Promotion Project
  • Jackson Brower, Carly Dobyns, Jett Landrum – Finance Operations Research
  • Kayla Beisheim, Alexis Sorenson – Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan
  • Esperanza Almeda, Emma Linderman, Avery Poland – Start-Up Business Plan

The following Battlefield High students were recognized for business proficiency and earned certificates:  Esperanza Almeda, Kayla Beisheim, Brianna Borders, Brooklynn Borders, Ben Brower, Jackson Brower, Kyle Canestra, Raheem Clemons, Carly Dobyns, Manav Gangele, Nick Gomez, Ashley Hansen, Hunter Key, Lexi Kocher, Jett Landrum, Emma Linderman, Jess Matthews, Nicole Nasco, Riley Nguyen, Anna Parsons, Chase Pauli, Avery Poland, Cal Reiter, Jonah Seagears, Alexis Sorenson, Jamie Spedden, Lukas Watts, and Myles Williams.

Gar-Field High School received Gold Re-certification of its school-based business enterprise, the highest level of certification. The chapter was first certified Gold in 2015. Students sell spirit wear before school and during lunch breaks every other day.

“We are so proud of our students who have turned their practical business skills into a business enterprise,” said Marilyn Clark, marketing teacher at Gar-Field High. “The process for certification is rigorous; our students have earned this honor.”

A contingent of 17 Gar-Field High students attended the state conference; three will advance to the international competition as state finalists. These students and their category of proficiency are:

  • Ben Early and Drake Jacques – School-based Enterprise; and
  • Uni Mansaray – Financial Promotion.

The following Gar-Field High students received certificates for their level of proficiency: Mark Peterson, Princess Boateng, Jordan Eubanks, Jazmyn Brar, Uni Mansaray, Kayle Gonzalez, and Christine Veha.