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Five DECA members from Ross Collins to compete in Anaheim, CA.

Photo of Ross Collins DECA members at State Competition.

Members of the Ross Collins Career and Technical Center DECA. Back Row, from left: Blissany Bigbee, Anyla Stevenson, Chloe Braxton, Kendall King, Jamarcus Towner, and Ryan Collier Front row, from left: Xavier Macklin, Marley Foy, Jaaslyn Griffin, Laniece Kincaide, Xazarria Blanks, and Mrs. Latonya May, Ross Collins CTC Marketing Instructor.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | March 20, 2024 | Meridian, MS

DECA members from Ross Collins Career and Technical Center competed in DECA State Competition in Vicksburg, MS, on February 26-28, 2024. 

Some of the competitive events included Food Marketing Series, Retail Merchandising, Human Resource Management, Business Administration and Management, and many more. Each student was given a scenario for their competitive event where they had to role-play with a judge to solve a problem. 

For several weeks, these students have worked extremely hard to prepare for the state competition with their end goal of advancing to represent Mississippi at the national conference. Five DECA members won in the state competition and qualified to advance to the national competition in Anaheim, California on April 27-30, 2024. To advance to the National Competition, students had to place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their category.

The following students placed in the State Competition: 

*Jamarcus Towner-2nd place (Food Marketing Series) 
*Marley Foy-2nd Place (Retail Merchandising)
*Chloe Braxton-2nd place (Human Resource Management)
*Laniece Kincaide-3rd place (Marketing Communication Series)
*Anyla Stevenson-3rd place (Principles of Business Management & Administration
Blissany Bigbee- 4th place (Apparel & Accessories Marketing)
Xazarria Blanks-4th place (Quick Serve Restaurant Management Series)

“I am beyond proud of this entire group,” said Latonya May, Ross Collins CTC Marketing Instructor. “They all have done exceptionally well for our district and state competition.”