The Western Sierra Collegiate Academy DECA chapter understands dressing for success is a good way to build business and grow their membership. The only DECA chapter in Placer County, Western Sierra’s DECA activities include class curriculum to improve business and marketing skills, passionate chapter campaigns such as Dress for Success Day, and school and community outreach, including a student-driven food drive for the Placer County Food Bank.
Kaylee’s road to international acclaim started at the West Coast Chinese Bridge Competition last spring, where she took top honors. In October, Kaylee flew to China for the international competition, held in the city of Kunming, Yunnan province.
Kaylee and her American teammate Charlie Hoffs competed against 400 students from five continents and 96 countries. The duo advanced through nine rounds of competition to take top score in Chinese language proficiency, Chinese culture, and overall artistic performance. Kaylee wowed the judges with a speech delivered in Mandarin, and her performance on the Guzheng, a Chinese harp.
Kaylee’s prize includes a four-year full ride scholarship at the Chinese University of her choice.
Western Sierra is ranked as the #1 school in the Sacramento area for College Readiness, 65th Best High School in California and 380th in the nation and earned a Gold medal by U.S. News & World Report! Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare their students for college.
Also, for the 12th year in a row, Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE) selected Western Sierra to receive the title of a 2016 Honor Roll School. The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students.