POPLARVILLE - A Pearl River Community College student returned home from the National Collegiate DECA conference with a first place award.
Josh Carlan, 20, of Leetown was part of a four-person team that won the National Management Institute Award.
He was teamed with three other students - none of whom knew each other previously - to spend two days on a project.
“Part of the objective is to learn to work together with a limited amount of time,” he said. “We had to create a social media platform for a famous hip-hop clothing store.”
His team competed against five or six other groups and worked from about 9 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. both days and got together again at night.
“I got along well with all the people in my group,” Carlan said. “The only challenge, per se, was we had to create our presentation and a three-page paper in two days. The challenge was the amount of time we had.”
A Wildcat cheerleader, Carlan will be back on the PRCC campus next year and plans to earn a double degree in marketing management and a health-related field. While going to school, he holds down a job at Koenig Stainless Steel in Kiln.
“As Josh’s instructor and advisor, I am so proud of this accomplishment,” said marketing management instructor Delana Harris, DECA advisor. “This is PRCC’s highest win at the national level in Collegiate DECA and is a great honor for Josh and our institution.”
Carlan placed first in sports and entertainment marketing at the state competition held Feb. 27-28 in Gulfport. Taylor Walker and Brooke Fulcher, both of Picayune, placed first in the state in the business ethics competition. They competed nationally but did not place.
The national convention was held April 22-27 in Washington, D.C.
Pearl River Community College's Collegiate DECA state winners are, from left, Taylor Walker of Picayune, Josh Carlan of Leetown, who won a national first place award; Brooke Fulcher of Picayune and their adivsor, marketing management instructor Delana Harris of Hattiesburg