BLE InnovCentral LOGOOn January 6, students from the Academy of Business Leadership & Entrepreneurship at Innovation Central High School earned 26 medals during the DECA district competition at Ferris State University.  Students competed in events that tested prowess in business skills—everything from marketing and communication skills to business leadership and management.  

The competition was a proud moment for their teacher, Brenda Cook: “Watching my students compete and excel alongside their peers from schools around the region is inspiring.  With these teens as our next business leaders, our community’s future is in good hands!”
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After that competition, 14 students qualified for the state DECA competition in Detroit, Michigan in March.  Qualifying students include: Imani Jones, Alexia Price-O’Neal, Maganey Salat, Ashante Moore, Justice Shoals, Nichole Mansfield, Miguel Ojeda, Noah Hudson, Gabe Thiesen, Johnte Nelson, Jonte Gant, Cody Potts, LaShaun Williams and Alex Wolfe.
DECA is an international association that helps students to prepare for both college and career by building leadership, communication and presentation skills that are critical to the marketing and business worlds.  Over 8,000 students and over 150 high schools from throughout Michigan participate in DECA’s comprehensive learning programs. 

Stay tuned for an update after students compete at the state DECA competition in March—we’ll be cheering them on to continued success!

Innovation Central’s DECA team is made possible through a Student Advancement Foundation donor advised grant from Amway Corporation.