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UHD Hosts Hundreds of High School Students for DECA Convention

UHD and the University's chapter of the American Marketing Association has once again served as the host for nearly 400 high school students recently for a local DECA convention. DECA is an organization of high school and college students interested in business fields such as finance, marketing, hospitality, management and others.

According to Lucille Pointer, associate professor of marketing, "UHD participates by judging the students' presentations. This helps the students prepare for the state DECA competition. Normally, we have a 5-10 minute presentation from the UHD recruiters. Most of the students are 11th and 12th graders and it gives UHD a chance to make an impression on the students while they are still in high school."

Students that participated in the conference came from Houston, Fort Bend, Clear Lake and Klein Independent School Districts. After arriving on campus, they were greeted by representatives from the College of Business, commenced with their testing sessions, enjoyed lunch on campus and then participated in their speech competition, for which UHD and UH students served as judges.

"We have hosted this event for several years and it is an excellent example of the types of outreach conducted by the UHD College of Business to connect with high school students," said Gail Evans, professor of business law.

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