Pioneer High School’s DECA chapter is returning from a whirlwind trip to Orlando with some very exciting news: For the first time ever—since Pioneer DECA was established in 1980—Pioneer has an international champion.
Sophomore Zach Pryor beat out thousands of other students across the country (plus Canada, Germany, China, and Spain) to be chosen as the FIRST PLACE winner of the Business Growth Plan Event at the International Career Development Conference.
Here’s a video of the announcement:
Zach is the owner of his own business, MichAgain Signery, and for this event he was required to write a business plan and present a strategy to grow this business in the future.
Notes DECA advisor Kara Morabito: “His plan is articulately written (thank you English teachers), his finances are accurately projected (thank you math teachers), conveys how Zach took his love of nature (thank you science teachers), and turned it into a creative art form (thank you art teachers).
“Not to be overshadowed is our group that competed in the Business Services Operations Research event,” said Morabio. “Grace Knorr, Layla Jarjoura, and Cora Newman were named international finalists in this category, which places them in the top 20 of students competing worldwide in this event. Their project created a partnership between the University of Michigan and Uber that was focused on ensuring student safety.”
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.