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DECA Student wins 1st Place in State Career Development Conference in Dallas, TX

March 7, 2018, Grand Prairie, Texas: Advantage Academy’s DECA Club competed recently in the State Career Development Conference in Dallas, Texas. Five of our high school members of the club participated with another 5,000 students from all across Texas competing in 50 separate categories.

Jenny Le, a junior at Advantage Academy, competed in the Entrepreneurship Start-up Business Plan category and won a first place trophy in the State of Texas. Her idea is to create a monthly subscription box service with toys tailored for Autistic children that suit their interests and provides autistic information and resources for their parents. “I spent countless hours coming up and working on my idea. I remembered how difficult it was for my cousin’s parents after he was diagnosed with autism, so I based it off of him and their experiences,” said Le. Her 15 minute presentation and written report earned her 99 out of possible 100 points from the DECA judges.

Le is now qualified to move forward to the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2018. She will compete, along with other 20,000 students from across the globe, in the Competitive Events Program. DECA is an international organization focused on preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges worldwide. The Texas chapter of DECA is the largest in the globe, with over 14,000 members.

“We are a 20-year-old charter school and competed among the very best school districts in the state.  We could not be more proud of Jenny and the other students because they did so well in a statewide competition and are now able to advance to the international level. This is so exciting!” said district spokesperson Sherri Busalacchi, “our high school DECA Club students and their advisor, Ms. Felecia Caruthers, have gone above and beyond. The DECA Club only started last year, and Ms. Caruthers has really helped get the club off the ground with a bang.”

 “I can’t wait to see what this campus, the club and these outstanding future leaders will accomplish. Our Career and Technology Education program has gone to a whole new level this year. We have obtained 3D printers for students to design using CAD, green screens for our students to create professional videos, and nurtured relationships with local businesses to build an internship program that allows our students to learn real-world business skills,” said Ms. Busalacchi.

Our DECA Club students need funding to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Your financial support would allow our future leaders to compete in the international stage and provide them with an invaluable experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. All donations will go directly to pay for the DECA Club’s travel expenses. 

 Advantage Academy is a tuition-free public charter school operated by Eagle Advantage Schools, Inc. a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Advantage Academy opened in 1998 with 60 students and now has over 1,600 students enrolled in campuses located in Waxahachie, Southwest Dallas (North Duncanville location) and 2 locations in Grand Prairie, Texas. They are state accredited by the Texas Education Agency.  They offer career and technology education courses that include: STEM, Business and Multimedia CTE endorsements and free dual credit with a local college.  Advantage Academy places an emphasis on character and student leadership development through Franklin Covey’s highly acclaimed The Leader in Me whole-school transformation program.  To learn more visit their website:


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