At the recent DECA district competition held in Columbus, 16 Licking Heights High School students earned trophies and nine members qualified for the state competition.

At the recent DECA district competition held in Columbus, 16 Licking Heights High School students earned trophies and nine members qualified for the state competition.

DECA is an association of high school marketing education students.

State-competition qualifiers were Payge Tripp, Joel Bagley, Cameron Christian, Michael Craig, Destinee Green, Josh Jamison, Shalonda Nesbitt, Imana Onipe and Jordin Spears.

The contest will be held March 13-14 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.The top four finishers in 45 contests will advance to the national competition April 24-29 in Orlando.