Austin Phinney and Dalton Estes

A pair of Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy students placed first in the state DECA competition with their project.

Dalton Estes and Austin Phinney won first place in the DECA state competition for the sales project category. The pair did their project over The Sweet Treat, the coffee shop/treats café in the HCTEA building. As part of the competition, they wrote a 20-page paper and did a 15-minute virtual presentation about it. 

Normally held in Manhattan, state was virtual in 2021. The two have qualified for internationals in April, which also will be virtual. At internationals, they will compete against state winners from around the country.

Phinney and Estes also won the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in Reno County. They competed against 25 teams from the area and took first, winning a total of $375 each. 

They'll participate at state on March 26 in a virtual state competition and win more money based on the place they take. 

Clayton Evans is DECA sponsor and marketing teacher at HCTEA.