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Polished Presentations: DECA Competitors Prepare for ICDC

As a result of their placement finishes at SLC, 38 teams were given the opportunity to travel to Anaheim, California for this year’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC). On April 24, 12 teams ran through their presentations in front of peers, family, and teachers, hoping for some last-minute critiques before their final competition.
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As part of their week at ICDC, the Rock Ridge DECA group attended various Disney events hosted by the DECA organization to foster networking and fun between the schools. Photo courtesy of Ben Stodola.

Following their performances at the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference in March, on Wednesday, April 24,  12 teams geared up to travel across the country and take their passion projects to the next level by practicing at the annual DECA ICDC Showcase. After working tirelessly all year, whether individually or with a partner, each team detailed their various companies, apps, community events, and more in extensive presentations for feedback. Hoping to improve their script, acting, or overall content, each participant in the showcase was eager to further elevate their products prior to their moment in front of the official judges.

A total of 7 teams made the top 20 at ICDC, and 3 of those teams made it to the top 10. Senior Varsha Korumilli and juniors Nikhita Kuniti and Deeksha Ramakole placed 3rd overall in their event Buying and Merchandising operations Research.

This trip wrapped up the DECA competition season.

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Tanishka Enugu
Tanishka Enugu, Editor In Chief
Tanishka Enugu is a senior and this is her fourth year on The Blaze staff! A passionate writer who appreciates the community the newspaper brings, she loves being able to represent the student body through the paper. Tanishka is also a huge history buff who strives to engage in all things related to the subject through her role as president of both the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, and the Academic Team here at the Rock. Formerly the sports section editor, she is also a four year member of the track and field team, and loves to watch and discuss all things hockey. Similar to some of her favorite pieces to write, she enjoys indulging in pop culture, good books, and even better TV shows during her free time.
Shaila Patel
Shaila Patel, Website Coordinator
Shaila Patel is a senior in her second year on the newspaper staff, fueled by her strong sense of curiosity. Since a young age, Patel has been aiding people close to her. Whether it be through PEER or through daily actions, she is passionate about helping strangers, close friends, and family who are struggling in any way, but especially with any mental health concerns. Caring is a big part of who she is. Patel is also an avid dancer. She believes that dance is a form of art, especially the Indian classical dance she practices, Bharatanatyam. Patel sees it as a useful tool for many to convey stories, culture, who people are, and more. 
Maya Coleman
Maya Coleman, Business Manager
Maya Coleman is a junior and this is her second year on “The Blaze.” She is the Business Manager and is excited for another year on the school newspaper! Ever since she was younger, she’s loved to write, and it’s something she believes she will always be very passionate about. She is a part of Rock Ridge Sings as another elective, and in her free time she enjoys reading books, watching movies, and hanging out with her friends.
Shivu Sathe
Shivu Sathe, News Editor
Shivu Sathe is a valued member of staff, always fast and efficient when it comes to editing articles in her role as News Editor. She’s always liked writing, so it was no surprise that she found a home in newspaper and journalism. Although she’s already beginning to prepare for her life as a college student, she enjoys staying active and up to date in terms of what’s going on around Rock Ridge as part of The Blaze.

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