Originally published Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 02:09p.m.

On Jan. 15, Bradshaw Mountain High School (BMHS) DECA took its show on the road and proved it was “Ready for It” at the Arizona DECA District 8 Career Development Conference.

The competitive event was held at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, AZ. BMHS career and technical education teacher Francisco Ortiz explains, “Our student-led executive leadership team and I are so very proud of each and every student who participated at districts! It’s such a great opportunity for these young people to practice mastering skills they’ll use throughout their lives both academically and in their careers. Not only are many experiencing situations like this for the first time, they’re also developing real-world skills businesses look for in prospective employees.”

Ortiz is the BMHS DECA advisor and an Arizona DECA executive board member.

Marking the beginning of DECA’s competitive season, 41 BMHS DECA members competed in individual and team events, as well as took an online test covering marketing, finance, hospitality, and management principles prior to the event.

DECA Bears received 29 medals total including 10 test medals, 12 role play medals, and seven overall first place medals.

This qualified at least 16 students to compete at the Arizona DECA State Career Development Conference and many more to participate in RISE Academy, a developmental leadership seminar held concurrently with the Arizona state event.

The 2019 State conference will take place Feb. 28 through March 2 at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix, where thousands of Arizona DECA members will compete and extend their business knowledge in hopes of moving on to the International Competition held in Orlando, Florida this April.

Bradshaw Mountain High School DECA is one of 3,500 high school chapters in a career and technical student organization (CTSO) that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the world.

To learn more about BMHS DECA and how you can help local students prepare for success in the workplace, visit BMHSDECA.com, the state website at AZDECA.org, or on the international level at DECA.org.

Best of luck to all of our DECA students at State and International competitions.

Information provided by the Humboldt Unified School District.