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Student First: Students Earn Top Awards At 2022 DECA Internationals
Posted 5/13/22

group shot of FUSD DECA delegation

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Students representing three Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) high schools took home top awards across numerous categories at the 2022 DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC), held April 23-26 in Atlanta.

“Our students did an outstanding job against skilled international teams,” said FUSD Superintendent CJ Cammack. “Their achievements demonstrate the leadership, career readiness and collaboration our world-class educators support students to gain and practice in FUSD. I send my congratulations to the students, teams and advisors for their success.”

Four FUSD high schools sent teams to Georgia for ICDC, where over 18,500 students from around the world gathered to compete. 

Washington High School students and DECA advisor Vincent Wu at 2022 ICDC. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Wu)

"After the cancellation of the 2020 ICDC and the virtual nature of the 2021 ICDC, the greatest gift for me was to see the students gather in person,” said Vincent Wu, DECA Advisor and math and business teacher at Washington High School. “Not only to see them thrive in competition, but to also see the joy in their faces as they met people from all around the world and interacted with them.”

“Just being able to meet everybody was a great experience,” said Rhea Jain, an 11th grade student and DECA member from Washington High School. “I got to meet people from Wisconsin, from Montana, even from China and Spain.”

DECA programs aim to prepare high school and college students around the world to become leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. 

“The students gained insurmountable skills as they applied their knowledge in business, math, marketing and public speaking in a real-world application - something that career technical student organizations uniquely provide,” said Wu. 

“Joining DECA allowed me to explore so many new pathways and horizons that I didn’t think were possible, for example: business, hospitality, marketing, so many skills that I learned just by joining this club,” said Jain. “And actually, it influenced my own decision to try and pursue a business major in college, just because I joined DECA.”

Students qualified for the international competition by placing in the top four or five in a category at the state-level competition; California’s highly-competitive conference was in February. Both Irvington and Washington high schools sent their largest delegation to date to ICDC.

FUSD students took home top 10 international awards in a variety of categories. 

Student(s) FUSD High School Award Category
Mateo Espinoza Washington Scholarship J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation Scholarship
Tiffany Li
Jennifer Zheng
Steffi Zhou
Mission San Jose 1st Place FIDM Entrepreneur of Tomorrow Challenge
Matthew Chandler Washington 1st Place Virtual Business Accounting
Aashrith Bandaru
Sambhav Mehta
Aman Rampure 
Irvington 1st Place Virtual Business Entrepreneurship
Adit Mittal
Aum Narkar
Jack Yin
Mission San Jose 2nd Place Virtual Business Retail 
Sanjana Moturi
Alizah Nauman
Shubham Shroff
Irvington 2nd Place Business Solutions Project
Manan Patel Washington 3rd Place  Virtual Business Retail
Tamanna Gandhi  Washington 3rd Place Sports & Entertainment Operations Research
Ashton Lee
Andrew Wang
Jason Zhang
Mission San Jose 3rd Place Virtual Business Personal Finance
Trisha Nair
Yashvi Patel
Nosheen Ullah
Irvington 3rd Place Business Services Operations Research
Pranav Batra
Shameet Sharma
Mission San Jose 4th Place Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Making
Ryan Liu
Katie Tang
Jessica Yu
Mission San Jose 4th Place School Based Enterprise - Food Operations
Sanjana Nagwekar
Ramya Subramanian 
Irvington 4th Place Career Development Project
Aaryan Shah
Harshith Yallampalli 
Irvington 4th Place Business Growth Plan
Chloe Chan Irvington 5th Place Automotive Services Marketing
Hita Gangadharan
Keshna Sheth
Washington 5th Place Community Giving Project 
Amanda Lai Irvington 5th Place Business Services Operations Research
Pranay Banka
Sean Lin
Tristan Xu
Irvington 6th Place Stock Market Game
Mateo Espinoza Isabella Ip Washington 6th Place Virtual Business Sports
Aditya Iyengar
Ronit Kapoor
Washington 6th Place Financial Team Decision Making
Gabriella Currie
Karen Pham
Irvington 7th Place Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Siri Manthapuri
Neha Suresh
Irvington 7th Place International Business Plan
Prithvi Maddi
Sujith Sridhar
Irvington 8th Place Financial Services Team Decision Making
Rhea Jain Washington 9th Place Marketing Communication Series
Jocelyn Liu Irvington 10th Place Integrated Marketing Campaign - Product

FUSD congratulates and appreciates the high school teachers who support students as DECA advisors: Marisa Leonarduzzi of American, Alberto Ballado of Irvington, Bellamy Liu of Mission, and Vincent Wu of Washington. 

Click here to find award ceremony videos from DECA.



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