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Singhal Earns Recognition at DECA’s Virtual Conference

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                               

June 9, 2021

Singhal Earns Recognition at DECA’s Virtual Conference

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Sudiksha Singhal, a sophomore at Red River High School, earned recognition at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC), held virtually during the month of April.

Singhal was named a finalist in the Entrepreneurship Independent Business Plan event. She is part of 15% of competitors who earned an international medallion for excellence as an overall finalist.

DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

“This DECA member should be commended for earning the remarkable recognition as an international honoree,” said Frank Peterson, executive director of DECA Inc. “Her success in our competitive events program, especially in a virtual format, is just one indicator that she is striving to be college and career ready through her classroom learning.”

DECA members presented case study solutions and presentations through recorded videos, with approximately the top 20 competitors in each competitive event earning the opportunity to deliver a final presentation in a virtual meeting with a business professional live over Zoom®.

“Being selected as a DECA ICDC finalist was such an amazing experience. I remember refreshing DECA’s page all day that Sunday in anticipation of the results,” said Singhal. “There had been a 5-minute delay in announcing the finalist for my event online and I had probably refreshed the webpage at least 50 times in that time frame. Finding out I was a finalist was such a pleasant surprise. I was not at all expecting it due to the vast number of extraordinary projects that are submitted to such a large international conference. The conference itself was very well set up and allowed for easy navigation while competing. Though it cannot match being in person, this conference truly was the best one I attended this year!”

This year’s DECA ICDC included 17,000 members and advisors. In addition to career-based competition, DECA members engaged in a series of leadership sessions, watched an interview with keynote Marcus Lemonis from CNBC’s The Profit, and streamed video presentations provided by more than 50 internationally recognized businesses.