Sixty-three students from four Leander ISD high schools competed in the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC). Students competed in a variety of areas, all with the goal of preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Congratulations to these students and their advisors on an exceptionally successful year!

Cedar Park High School

  • 16 students competed at state

  • Four students advanced to Nationals

    • Top 10: Independent Business Plan – Gregory Phea, Shiva Kumar and Rithvik Saravanan

    • Startup Business Plan: Cheryl Cruz

Leander High School

  • 10 students competed at state

  • Two students advanced to nationals for the first time in the school’s history!

    • Business Services Marketing: Kyle Decker

    • Marketing Communications: Michelle Parker

Vista Ridge High School:

  • 52 students competed at state

  • 43 students advanced to nationals

    • 2nd Place: Buying and Merchandising Operations –  Sharika Menon, Siona Kowlessar, Clarence Lilley

    • Top 10: Business Services Operations Research – Spenser Young, Thao Nguyen, Kaira Tran

    • Top 10: Entrepreneurship Promotion Project – Rania Mouhieddine, Kyle Feliciano, Sue Han

    • Top 10: Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research – Eliza Hammond, Chris Dihn, Katie Rivers

    • Top 10: Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan – Case Connor

Vandegrift High School

  • 81 students competed at state

  • 14 students advanced to nationals

    • 3rd Place: Marketing – Karla Trujillo, Cecilia Reis

    • Top 20: Buying and Merchandising Operations – Ishika Puri, Codi Farmer, Natasha Richtermeyer

    • Top 20: Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan – Genivive Betancourt, Rena Liang, Jessica Luo

    • Top 20: Professional Selling – Celina Pan


A photo of Vista Ridge High School DECA students