Approximately 65 students compete at the DECA State Conference each year, which is held in Hershey, PA in late February. Most students take a career cluster exam related to their area of competition, and solve two case problems, and roleplay their solution with a judge. Some students conduct market research independently or in teams, prepare a market research report prior to the conference. Other students compete in project management, professional selling and consulting, or online events. Students also have the opportunity to attend business-related workshops. Depending on PA membership, the top three or four individuals or teams in each category are eligible to compete at the DECA International Conference.

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