Previous ICDC competitive events winners share their thoughts and insights on DECA's online events. Discover tips and tricks to help you prepare for your quest for DECA glass in the Stock Market Game and Virtual Business Challenge.
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Ramkishore (Ramki) Annachi is a four-year DECA member from North Carolina. After attending the International Career Development Conference his freshman year and recognizing the abundant professional development opportunities, Ramki ran for association office to make similar experiences accessible to more members throughout his state. After transferring schools, Ramki was highly involved in reestablishing the North Carolina School of Science and Math DECA chapter. Ramki has served as the Dixie Pines Region Vice President and State President for North Carolina DECA, where his teams led immense membership growth and implemented new chapter engagement programs. At ICDC, he achieved second and first place in VBC-Hotel Management in his sophomore and junior years. Ramki believes all members can utilize DECA’s opportunities to grow and seeks to make more members aware of these possibilities. Beyond DECA, Ramki enjoys tennis, conducts research on water filtration and is working towards his private pilot’s license. Ramki is attending North Carolina State University as a Park Scholar studying Computer Engineering and Economics.
Khoa Nguyen is a three-year DECA member from Round Rock High School, Texas. Khoa joined DECA in order to explore new skills and activities applicable to the more professional industry. During Khoa’s first year in DECA, sophomore year, he advanced to the International Career Development Conference in Virtual Business Challenge - Accounting and really enjoyed the experience. Since then, he encouraged many others to join DECA and pushed for more participation in the online events, VBC, so that others can experience what he was able to. Khoa went on to compete at ICDC the following two years in VBC Accounting. Khoa finished in 2nd place only behind the other RRHS team his junior year. During his senior year, Khoa and his younger brother won 1st place while the other RRHS team got 3rd. Being a part of DECA in high school has led Khoa to many amazing experiences and lifelong memories. Khoa also enjoys playing poker, watching Survivor, and listening to Ariana Grande. Now, Khoa is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a degree in chemical engineering and a certificate in Japanese.
Matt Tiller is a sophomore at Missouri State University. He was in DECA for three years and attended Blue Springs South High School. He competed in Virtual Business-restaurant his junior and senior years, placing first his senior year at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida!
Catherine Horton, a Georgia native living in Arizona, is a three-year DECA member. She has served as a chapter officer at Mountain Ridge High School and as an Arizona DECA State Officer. She finds great joy in all the opportunities and challenges DECA presents and thrives in building relationships with members. Loving the competitive aspect of DECA, Catherine competed at the association and international levels in Marketing Management Team Decision Making and Community Awareness Project events. She is excited to continue her service as an advocate for DECA. In the fall of 2021, she will pursue degrees in Marketing and Business Administration. Throughout Catherine’s high school career, she was involved in many extracurricular activities. She was a varsity cheerleader, International Thespian, National Honor Society member and a freshman mentor.