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Oklahoma Collegiate DECA members brought home impressive results and leadership experience from the 2024 International Career Development Conference (ICDC), held April 19-23 in Austin, Texas. The conference, attended by over 1,500 collegiate DECA members from across the nation and internationally, offered a platform for students to compete in business simulation events, network with industry professionals, and develop valuable career skills.

Oklahoma Teams Make Their Mark

Among the 17 Oklahoma attendees representing the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Francis Tuttle Technology Center – Rockwell, several students achieved notable success:

  • Andrew Gardner (Oklahoma Baptist University) secured the Top Exam and Top Presentation Finalist distinction in Corporate Finance, ultimately placing 9th overall in the competition.
  • Sydney Gardner (Oklahoma Baptist University) claimed the Top Presentation Finalist title in Human Resource Management and achieved the coveted 1st place finish internationally.

Oklahoma Leadership on Display

Beyond competition achievements, Oklahoma Collegiate DECA played a significant role in the conference:

  • Maryam Amin (University of Oklahoma) proudly completed her term as Collegiate DECA Executive Vice President, demonstrating Oklahoma’s commitment to leadership within the organization.
  • Darius Williams (Francis Tuttle Technology Center – Rockwell) represented Oklahoma on stage during the parade of associations, showcasing the state’s presence on the national platform.
  • Brenda Martinez (Francis Tuttle Technology Center – Rockwell) served as a voting delegate, actively participating in shaping the future of Collegiate DECA.

“We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of our Oklahoma Collegiate DECA members,” said Paxton Cavin, Oklahoma DECA Chartered Association Advisor. “Their dedication, hard work, and competitive spirit were on full display at the ICDC. We are also grateful for the outstanding leadership provided by our students who served in key roles at the conference and are thrilled to provide opportunities for our post-secondary Oklahoma DECA members.”

The success of Oklahoma Collegiate DECA at the 2024 ICDC highlights the strength of the state’s business education programs and the talent of its students. These experiences will undoubtedly prepare them for future success in their chosen career paths.

(Attached Photo:  Sydney Gardner – OBU)