Irving ISD will be represented by 39 students at the 2024 DECA State Competition in Houston next month. DECA, short for Distributive Education Clubs of America, prepares high school students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Students who qualify for the state competition participate in an evaluation process based on their career cluster. The process involves a written assessment and an interactive portion judged by industry professionals. Students who win at the state level advance to nationals.

Congratulations to the following Irving ISD students who have qualified to compete at state in February:


Irving High

Brandon Ashworth

Cesar Cruz

Arden Harrell

MaKenna Hearne

Kaya Jackson

Gael Leal

Diana Lemus

Sarahy Luna

Joselyn Martinez

Farra Patel

Mayra Ponce

Vitali Romero

Elvis Rubio


MacArthur High School

Sarah Almarifawi

David Arteaga

Sean Bonner

Roland Contreras

Abrar Elsemeith

Meerab Faisam

Grace Fonseca

Shylee Garcia

Jennifer Guevara

Marion Hawkins

Jacqueline Huerta

Peter Ivanov*

Kevin Jaimes

Katherine Lopez

Andrew Lubbeck

Afaf Maliha

Stuti Mahat

Love Nighah

Kalinda Nguyen

Favour Oguntoy

Christian Santana*

Sutton Smith


*Special note: Peter Ivanov and Christian Santana have also advanced to the national conference in Anaheim, Calif., after placing in the top 5 for their video challenge submission on ethical leadership. The national conference will take place April 27 – 30. 


Nimitz High School

Abril Cardona

Oscar Cruz

Daisy Jacobs

Xiomara Ortiz