MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Two Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools students attended the DECA International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, after qualifying at regional and state competitions.
Jennifer Wardrop and Crystal Stutcavage, both seniors at the MCVTS East Brunswick campus, were accompanied on the trip by their teacher and DECA advisor Leni Hughes and guidance counselor Debra Buchma.
At the four-day conference, the students attended leadership training and management seminars, an executive mentor session and other educational programs. The event drew 15,000 students from all 50 states and six foreign countries.
“It’s quite the experience,” said Hughes.
Crystal, who was attending the annual conference for the third time, is studying basic business technologies at East Brunswick Vo-Tech and is a member of the National Technical Honor Society. Jennifer, who was attending her second national conference, is studying health services.
They qualified to attend the conference at a regional skills competition at Middlesex County College in Edison and the state competition in Cherry Hill.
“Both of them are very conscientious students,” Hughes said. “They’re confident in the skills they have, and they work hard to improve their skills and knowledge. They’re great girls all around.”
Both girls have plans to continue their education after graduation in June.
Founded in 1946, DECA is an international organization aimed at preparing high school and college students to be leaders and entrepreneurs in the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
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