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Crater DECA students take home awards

Four Crater High School students placed high during the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta

Several Crater High School students won awards at an international business conference in April.

Rowen Miller, Mary Nadauld, Tyler Smeltzer and Hannah Mathews were highlighted in a school news release as four of 11 Crater students who performed admirably during the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, April 23-26. The students are members of the school’s DECA chapter

“The effort put forth from this chapter throughout the year was amazing, and to have two finalists from our small chapter in Southern Oregon is quite impressive,” said Mike Rogan, chapter adviser. “Rowen Miller and Mary Nadauld making the stage put the finishing touches on an incredible year.”

Miller advanced to the finalist round in the sports, entertainment and marketing categories, finishing in the top 20; Nadauld advanced to the finalist round in the marketing communications category and finished sixth overall; Smeltzer finished 11th in the virtual business challenge personal finance category; Mathews received a $1,000 scholarship from DECA and the company Otis Spunkmeyer, which produces baked goods.

Numbering nearly a dozen, the students who attended the Atlanta conference made up the largest group of competitors in the school’s history.

DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America. The annual international conference draws 20,000 people — 14,000 of whom are high school students. The event includes competitions in marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurship. The competition categories in which students are judged include marketing campaign events, professional selling and business operation.