Pieper High Student Qualifies for International Competition for Third Year

February 26, 2024 - Pieper High School junior Holt Miller is a state finalist and international qualifier for the third year in a row. Miller and 27 fellow PHS members of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) competed in the Texas DECA State Career Development Conference February 15-17 in Houston where he advanced to the next round with his business growth plan.

Miller, who became the international champion in this category last year, will defend his title during the DECA International Career Development Conference April 27-30 in Anaheim, California. Read more here.

A Career & Technical Education (CTE) student organization, DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Several PHS students will join Miller at the International conference this year including Sydney McHenry and Casen Jacobson who will represent the campus after the PHS DECA officer team earned two spots in the leadership academy at the conference with its chapter’s campaign initiatives. In addition, Meaghan Smith, who is a district officer, will attend as a voting delegate.

The PHS DECA state qualifiers include the following students along with the event in which they competed:

  • Christine Balderrama - Entrepreneurship Series Event 
  • Delaney Budd - Start-Up Business Plan 
  • Hunter Callis - Sports & Entertainment Team Marketing
  • Alexandra Cardenas-Contreras - Apparel & Accessories Marketing 
  • Morgan Elliott - Project Management Community Awareness 
  • Nate Greeman - Buying & Merchandising Operations Research 
  • Reagan Grubbs - Project Management Financial Literacy 
  • Bradford Hays - Sports & Entertainment Team Marketing 
  • Ashley Hemmila - Sports & Entertainment Marketing Research 
  • Erika Imperial - Travel & Tourism Team Event 
  • Casen Jacobson - Automotive Services Marketing 
  • Eddie Lin - Business Finance 
  • Peyton Lloyd - Buying & Merchandising Operations Research
  • Sydney McHenry - Project Management Community Awareness 
  • Micah McLean - Personal Financial Literacy 
  • Kyra Makovsky - Sports & Entertainment Marketing Research 
  • Holt Miller - Business Growth Plan
  • Zaara Mistry - Project Management Community Awareness
  • Elizabeth Osuga - Business Services Marketing 
  • Hugo Pickard - Business Growth Plan
  • Mariano Rodriguez - International Business Plan 
  • Abbey Skrobanek - Travel & Tourism Team Event
  • Meaghan Smith - Project Management Financial Literacy 
  • Madison Spencer - Sports & Entertainment Marketing Research
  • Ava Trevino - Sports & Entertainment Marketing 
  • Andy Uduji - Business Services Marketing
  • Ariana Vazquez Costas - Retail Merchandising Series
  • Allison White - Apparel & Accessories Marketing

The CTE business teachers and DECA advisers at PHS are Kelly Braun, Carlos Bruce and Leslie Weil.



-Twenty-eight students from Pieper High School advanced to the Texas DECA State competition.

-Pieper High School junior Holt Miller became a state finalist and national qualifier for the third year in a row at the Texas DECA State competition.

-Pieper High School junior Holt Miller advanced to the DECA International competition with his business growth plan. He is pictured with PHS CTE teacher and DECA adviser Leslie Weil.


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