Judge Competition


Judge Competition


Each year Washington DECA recruits more than 200 business professionals to volunteer at the Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) and 600 volunteers for the State Career Development Conference (SCDC). Experts from the business community are a critical element of DECA competitions. In DECA, we call these individuals business and community “judges." Judging simply requires a background in business and an interest in helping high school students find their future career path. You must be 4 years out of high school to participate.

Interested in becoming a competition judge? Find out more about this exciting opportunity below. 

JUDGE REGISTRATION (Form uploaded when available)


Judging Opportunities:

Written Event Judging. January, 2019 via online access. To register for written event judging, Click Here. (Linked when available)

State Career Development Conference. Friday, March 1, 2019 in Bellevue, WA.

Fall Leadership Conference. October 29-30, 2018 in Bellevue, WA.

Area Competitions. December and January. Please refer to the map and contact information below, and contact the area leader associated with your region.


What is it like to serve as a judge? Click Here to find out! 


A critical component of a student’s DECA experience isthe participation in DECA’s competitive events program. These events apply learning, making the connection to business, and directly contribute to every student being college or career ready by focusing on the following outcomes:

Academically Prepared
DECAs competitive events provide an avenue for members to demonstrate National Curriculum Standards through individual or team activities and to develop and employ the key skills of analysis, application of knowledge, creative problem solving, and logical presentation.

Community Oriented
DECA's competitive events help members explore their communities, participate in collaborative environments, and recognize their responsibility to the community.

Professionally Responsible
DECAs competitive events encourage members to develop ethics, integrity, and high standards while assuming responsibility for self-improvement and self-discipline.

Experienced Leaders
DECA’s competitive events provide constructive avenues for team expression, initiative, and creativity. Students participate at the local regional level in early January, with the winners proceeding to state competition in early March.


The map below shows the locations of each of the 11 regional Washington DECA areas. If you would like to volunteer to judge at an Area Conference, please contact the applicable Area Leader listed below.


Click on an Area Leader name to send them an email.

Area 1: Alicia Sents, Glacier Peak High School

Area 2: Damon Oliveto, Shorewood High School

Area 3: Marc Hillestad, Cedarcrest High School

Area 4: Tammi Riggers, Bellevue HS and Andrew Shanafelt, Issaquah HS

Area 5: Derek Enz, Auburn Mountainview High School

Area 6: Laura Jones, Pasco High School

Area 7: Paul Stoltenberg, Rogers High School

Area 8: Angel Elam, Capital High School

Area 9: Greg McCormick, Mark Morris High School

Area 10: Sierra Larkin, Wenatchee High School

Area 11: Erin Ruehl, Shadle Park High School