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Students from Clarkston High School sent to present in International conference in Orlando with help of the community.

Clarkston, WA – Clarkston DECA competed at the State Career Development Conference (SCDC), March 2nd-4th. This resulted in 20 International Career Development Conference (ICDC) qualifiers. These students will travel to Orlando, Florida, April 21-26, 2023, and compete for the DECA glass award.


Clarkston DECA’s achievement is being recognized by our business community through its financial support. As soon as our community got word of Clarkston DECA’s achievements, they instantly felt the need to support. Many businesses and community members donated to help fund the expensive trip. Eye Care Specialists, Presnell Gage, and Inland Cellular were all huge contributors, as well as Sylvans who donated $2500. These donations will go toward travel, lodging, and food expenses, along with giving students the opportunity to better develop their business and professional skills. Our community’s generous support will never go unrecognized and Clarkston’s DECA Chapter will be forever grateful.

For each DECA trip, the Clarkston DECA Chapter advisors and officers create a t-shirt design for the students to wear during their trip to represent their school. This year’s t-shirt design was created by Ella Ogden (an ICDC qualifier) and is dedicated in remembrance of her sister, Maggie Ogden, a CHS graduate who was significantly involved in DECA and recently passed away in October. The t-shirt design includes some of Maggie’s favorite items: butterflies, the color green, and angel number 444. Samantha and Pat Ogden, parents of Maggie, also donated towards the Clarkston DECA trip which is greatly appreciated.

A Clarkston DECA supporter who’s made a huge impact has been P1FCU. They donated $10,000 to help students get to ICDC. A group of 10-12 DECA students and advisors will present to P1FCU on April 13th. The students will all present little snippets of their projects and will talk about what it’s like to get the opportunity to compete at ICDC.


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