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Student build career skills, compete in Deca competition

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Hundreds of high school students packed Curtis Hall at Saginaw Valley State University today, pitching their marketing plan.

“Oh, it’s a rush. You get those butterflies in your stomach,” said Jacob Byas, a junior at Davison High School.

Byas is one of many students from across the area taking part in the Deca District Conference today.

“To sit across the table with them and have them present, you can really help them. You have all kinds of students, some sophomores, more experienced, some who are really nervous,” said Tom Sesti, Director of Dow Entrepreneurship Institute.

The competition judges high school students on their skills such as finance, business law ethics and marketing communications.

Skill that will help them in their future career.

“I like that it’s a business aspect, and that’s what I want to go in to in college, so it helps me get ready for my future,” said Angela Harris, a senior at Clio High School.

And it’s not just practice, these students are pitching their ideas to real business leaders in the area.

Winners of today’s competition will move on to bigger stakes at the state competition. With a chance to compete nationally.

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