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Clayton student a top finisher

From left are Clayton High DECA members Waylon Howell, Karsen Parker, Meredith Cuilla, Katie Simpson, Richard Jimenez and Jack Cawthorn
From left are Clayton High DECA members Waylon Howell, Karsen Parker, Meredith Cuilla, Katie Simpson, Richard Jimenez and Jack Cawthorn JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

A Clayton High School student was among the top finishers when DECA held its 68th International Career Development Conference in Atlanta.

Katie Simpson, a member of the Clayton DECA chapter, placed sixth in the Entrepreneurship Participating Franchise event. She wrote a business plan detailing how she would open a Panera Bread franchise in Clayton.

Other Clayton students making the trip were Richard Jimenez, who also competed in Entrepreneurship Participating Franchise; Meredith Cuilla and Karsen Parker, community service; Waylon Howell, marketing management; and Jack Cawthorn, Leadership Academy.

The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. Nearly 10,000 students competed in Atlanta.

The opening session featured pro football Hall of Fame inductee and entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton.

The Clayton club’s advisers are Natalie Everett, Kasie Braswell and Jay Westbrook.

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