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Caydan Henslee Brings Home a Trophy At DECA International Competition

Senior Caydan Henslee Receiving 3rd Place Trophy

Senior Caydan Henslee Receiving 3rd Place Trophy

Caydan Henslee earned a 3rd place trophy in Automotive Services Marketing at the DECA International competition held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Henslee moved into finals after her first day of competition then delivered an outstanding role play in finals. Her exceptional score placed her with a national third-place trophy. Klamath Union has not earned an International Trophy in a Role Play event since 2001. The last trophy was in 2009 in a written event.

Henslee described her experience “This was amazing. I was so excited to hear my name called for finals. I participated last year in a written event with a partner, and this year I was on my own. Last year I saw one of our KU DECA members earn a top 10 medal and I believed I could earn one also.” “Henslee came out of her last role play with a big grin”. Stated her adviser Nat Ellis. “She was smiling ear to ear with confidence knowing she had nailed the role play. “I always love to watch my students come out of the competition, sometimes with big smiles, sometimes with a little disappointment. When you come out of finals with that kind of enthusiasm, you know they have a chance at getting back on the stage for top 10.”

The final awards session was in the new Mercedes Benz stadium. Ellis stated “When you walk in and see the crowd and hear the volume, it is exciting. What is more exciting is to hear your school name called. Henslee’s event was one of the first called for the night, and she was the second person called down for her event. Seeing one of your competitors on the stage is the highlight of the year. It is hard to describe the feeling to hear your school called. Seeing her smile and excitement when she heard her name for the 3rd place podium was priceless.”

“I was shocked to hear my name called, but the feeling was incredible. I can’t describe the feeling, but I was excited to see my adviser smiling in front of the stage. When I finally made it back to my chapter, the greeting was that of a champion. My chapter support was off the charts. Their greeting was nearly as cool as being on stage. KU DECA is a strong family that supports each other and celebrates together. I am proud of my accomplishments and to be a part of KU DECA” stated, Henslee.

Klamath Union DECA took seven students competing in five different events. Students had to qualify for International Competition by placing top three at the State DECA competition.

Along with Henslee, the following students attended the conference Joshua Gaede – Food Marketing
Dillon Taylor – Restaurant & Food Service Management
Declan Ritter – Automotive Services Marketing

Beau Stork – Retail Merchandising Series
Khrystina Dawes & Kannah Greer – INSPIRE Academy

While in Atlanta, the KU DECA team toured the World of Coca-Cola, CNN, Georgia Aquarium, College Football Hall of Fame, nearly broke the record on an Escape Room, sampled some authentic southern food, and toured the city on a Segway.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition

If you have any questions, please contact KU DECA Advisor Nat Ellis 541.331.6197 orellisn@kfalls.k12.or.us

Left to Right: Nat Ellis Advisor, Kannah Greer, Beau Stork, Cayden Henslee, Declan Ritter, Khrystina Dawes, Joshua Gaede, Dillon Taylor

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