Jasmine Groce, Amya Boyd, and Kristin Long represented BHS at the Int'l. Career Dev. Conference in Anaheim, Calif.May 2016, BEDFORD, OH – Door to door, it took 2,375 miles for the students at Bedford High School to travel from Bedford, Ohio to Anaheim, California, the site of this year’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC).  Distributive Clubs of America (DECA) holds the conference once a year and invites students from the United States, Canada, South America and Europe to engage in professional development and competitive events.  The Bedford High School DECA chapter was one of seven chapters in the State of Ohio chosen to participate at the Thrive Academy, part of the conference dedicated to shaping future leaders. The conference engaged the students in extensive leadership, communication and entrepreneurship skill development and allowed them to network among the 20,000 DECA students attending the conference.  In addition to the leadership academy, students enjoyed time at Disneyland, Universal Studios and enjoying the beautiful city of Anaheim.

Three Bedford High School students attended the Thrive Academy at ICDC from April 25 – 30th.  Jasmine Groce (Senior and DECA Vice President), Amya Boyd (Junior and DECA President) and Kristan Long (Sophomore) were chosen from the group of 40 active Bedford High School DECA students to represent the chapter at the Thrive Academy.  These students were chosen for their outstanding commitment, service and leadership of the local Bedford High School chapter.  In addition, Amya and Jasmine were both State (Ohio) DECA qualifiers.

“The event provided a number of firsts for these students.  It was the first time any of the students had been across country, it was the first time any of them competed at the ICDC level and it was a first for them to network and create lifetime long relationships with students from all over the world.  It was a first great step for our outstanding DECA chapter.”  said Melanie Kirin, Marketing Instructor & DECA Advisor
It took nearly an entire school year of hard work in order to qualify for the event as well as many hours of fundraising. The trip was graciously supported by the Bedford Foundation, the Bedford City Schools Curriculum Department, the entire staff at Bedford High School, and the community as a whole. 

“It was an experience I will never forget!  I can’t wait to win at ICDC in Atlanta next year!”, said Amya about her conference experience. Students in the DECA program are members of the Marketing Pathway at Bedford High School.  This Cuyahoga Community College accredited program specializes in preparing students for careers in marketing.  To see pictures and videos of the trip, go to BedfordFamilyConx.com

About the BHS Marketing Program:
Marketing Management Education at Bedford High School is an integrated courses program aimed at preparing students for post-secondary education and careers in marketing communications, marketing management, digital marketing, strategic entrepreneurship and international business. Students actively engage in tangible, hands-on learning as well as cooperative education building core academic and professional skills.  The program is under the direction of Melanie Kirin.

 Pictured left to right: Jasmine Groce, Amya Boyd, and Kristin Long represented BHS at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif.


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