Club sponsor Frank Morón said the local students competed against 500 other DECA students from schools throughout the area.
The competition was held on the campus of the University of Texas-Pan American.
Three local students, Andrew Forbes, April Quintana and Mia Gomez, won a chance to compete at the DECA State Conference in Fort Worth on Feb. 18-21.
Forbes, who works at the H-E-B Food Store, took first place honors in the Food Marketing competition.
Quintana, an employee at Gramman Assisted Living, won first place in Business Services Marketing, and Gomez, who works at The Cistern Restaurant, captured first alternative honors in the Full Service Restaurant competition.
Morón said what the DECA program needs in Beeville is more businesses committed to providing jobs for high school students who want to take part in the program.
“The program lays a very important economic foundation for our community by allowing its youth to train and develop good working habits and good ethics,” Morón said.
“But in order to provide this training, we need more training stations. We need commitment from the business people of our community so that we can provide a variety of training stations. This is an opportunity that we have as a community to develop good, responsible, tax-paying citizens who will not be a burden on our economy in the future.”
“We are very thankful to the businesses that have been involved with DECA year after year, but we need more involvement from other businesses,” Morón said.
DECA reporter Jonathan Solis contributed to this article.