Local DECA Chapters Successful at State Career Development Conference

Wheatmore High School and Trinity High School DECA Chapters competed last week at the State Career Development Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina. Both chapters brought home awards and honors for student competitors and their chapters.

Wheatmore High School earned a Chapter of Distinction – Heroic Level honor for increased membership and the following students were recognized as proficient in their events:

Buying & Merchandising Team Event
Armaghan Khurshid-Alex Ruth
Ben Clements-Graham Tysinger

Apparel & Accessories
Kadie Miller

Principals of Marketing
Cameron Frazier

Retail Marketing
Corey Hudgins

Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Event
Julian Zimmerman-Tyler Lonnen
Josh Albright-Mitchel Shaffer

Additionally, the following were state finalists in their events:

Marketing Management
Scotty Spicer – Tied for 9th overall in the state
Michael Fields – Tied for 9th overall in the state

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From L to R: Scotty Spicer, State Finalist in Marketing Management; Josh Albright, WHS DECA President – Chapter of Distinction; Michael Fields, State Finalist Marketing Management

At Trinity High School, the following were recognized for proficient in their events:

Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Jackson Barnes
Charity Cohen

Restaurant and Food Service Management
Michael Felder
Amanda Mulhern

Hotel and Lodging Management
Paxton Phillips
Hannah Poindexter

Professional Selling Event
Jordan Collins

Personal Financial Literacy
Olivia Cline

Additionally, two out of the ten THS attendees earned top ten honors:

Personal Financial Literacy
Austin Walters – Top three in the state
Mary English – Top ten in the state

Trinity’s chapter was awarded a plaque for NC DECA Chapter of Distinction.

Congratulations to these students and their faculty advisors – Ken Wilson (WHS), Renee Driggers (THS) and Jandra Dillon (THS).

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THS DECA students at the 2016 State CDC
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Playhouse Sneak Peek!

The 2015 Playhouse Showcase Competition marks the 6th year of an exciting partnership with the Asheboro / Randolph Home Builders Association. Hurricane playhousethsJoaquin might have dampened the efforts for the Asheboro Fall Festival, but there is no dampening the spirit of this friendly competition among carpentry and masonry students at ERHS, PGHS, THS, SWRHS, and WHS.

Projects are set to be completed by October 30th. From November 1st until December 4th, the playhouses will be displayed at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Asheboro until the Asheboro Christmas Parade where the raffle will end and one lucky winner will select the playhouse of their choice. Then beginning December 6th, there will be an online silent auction to accept bids on the remaining 4 playhouses. The online auction will end at noon on December 19th, followed by judging and a live auction at 1:00 PM.

Click here to purchase raffle tickets!!

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First Career Academy at Trinity High School

Trinity High School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) marked the start of their first year with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 9, 2015 at 11:45 AM. The academy, affiliated with the National Academy Foundation (NAF), is designed to help students chart career paths in one of the world’s largest industries encompassing hotel management, sports and entertainment, and event management.

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Over 70 students have joined the AOHT in its opening year!

In a recent release from the Randolph County Tourism Development Authority, it was reported that visitors in and around Randolph County spent $128.30 million in 2014. There are roughly 1,100 employees in the Hospitality and Tourism industry in Randolph County, generating a payroll of $19.25 million annually.

This statistical support along with Trinity’s ideal location along the I-85 corridor made it the perfect site for an Academy of Hospitality and Tourism. AOHT Director, Jandra Dillon, works with an Advisory Board consisting of school and district administration and faculty, area business leaders, and contacts from higher education partners to develop a quality educational experience for these students while preparing them to meet the needs of this growing industry.