Nine Wausau West students traveled to California last week to participate in an international conference and competition for career development, according to a Wausau School District news release.

DECA’s annual International Career Development Conference brought industry leaders, policy makers, and the next generation of leaders in business and entrepreneurship to Anaheim, California, last week. The Conference brought together more than 19,000 student members from the United States, Canada, China, Korea, Mexico, and Spain.

Patrick Brandenburg and Alexa Sheehan finished in the top 10 in their event. Both are students at Wausau West High School. (Photo: Wausau School District)

Wausau West DECA members who qualified and competed at the Conference were Patrick Brandenburg, Joe DeLoye, Christian Kiepke, Mikahla Klug, Jarod Maxson, Alexa Sheehan, Sarah Snoeyenbos, Pranav Srivastava, and Brandon Thorson.

Alexa Sheehan and Patrick Brandenburg landed in the Top 10 as finalists in their event, travel and tourism team decision making. There were more than 250 teams in their event competing from around the World. Only 10 students from the top 500 participants were awarded a medal, and Alexa Sheehan was awarded a medal on her written test in the event.

The West DECA advisor is Carl Hert.