Central students pose for a photo at the 2023 DECA New Hampshire competition

MANCHESTER – On Feb. 9-10, students from across the state competed at the 2023 New Hampshire DECA State Competition. Manchester Central High School was well-represented, with 16 students competing. 

Central DECA 2023 award winners

DECA is a nonprofit whose mission is to prepare "emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.” DECA has organizations at the high school and college level across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Puerto Rico and Germany. (If you're wondering, DECA is the official name for the organization, but it used to stand for Distributive Education Clubs of America).

At the New Hampshire DECA chapter's 2023 competition this week, six Central students placed in their competitive events. They are:

Akshay Manchanda - Competitive Event: Business Services Marketing
  • 1st Place on Marketing cluster exam
  • 2nd Place Role Play 1
  • 1st Place Role Play 2
  • 1st Place in over all Competitive Event
Tyler Cotton - Competitive Event: Automotive Services Marketing
  • 2nd Place on Role Play 2
  • 3rd Place in over all Competitive Event
Micah Huffman & Declan Ryan - Competitive Event: Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Decision
  • 2nd Place on their Role Play
  • 3rd Place in over all Competitive Event
Madilyn Houghton & Alisa Friedland - Competitive Event: Travel & Tourism Team Decision
  • 3rd Place on Role Play

You can learn more about DECA at https://www.deca.org/mission.