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DHS student represents Pearland ISD at DECA International

Ashwin Murali_DECA International       Dawson High School senior Ashwin Murali recently represented Pearland Independent School District at the DECA International Career Development Conference held online, placing in the top 10 in the Accounting Application Series Event.  

      Through participation in DECA competitions during his freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years, Murali received a total of 14 awards. His approach to preparing for the competitions included practicing in the classroom and online with DECA peers, sponsors, friends and family members, as well as self-study and problem-solving through YouTube videos from a community college accounting course. His success in the competition are a result of his dedication and commitment. 

      “He takes the time to study, prepare and thoughtfully think out his scenarios before responding during the competition,” DHS DECA sponsor Abby Monroe said. “He has always been a great leader and achiever.”

      In his years involved with DECA, Murali’s commitment to the program was evident, as he led the Dawson HS DECA chapter as President for two years. Additionally, he took on a vital role as Vice President of Texas District 3 during the 2020-21 school year, helping serve DECA chapters in the counties of Austin, Brazoria, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Matagorda, Waller, Wharton and parts of Harris County.

      “He has a great passion and desire to develop leadership, presentation and real-world experience in many facets of education, especially in the business realm,” DHS DECA sponsor Amy Hascek said. “His drive for service and success is phenomenal.”  

      Comprising more than 3,500 high school chapters, DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. The program also provides students with competitions in the fields of finance, management and entrepreneurship, simulating real-life business scenarios and testing students’ academic understanding and skills development.

      “A big pull factor for the organization and club is that DECA is grounded in reality. The scenarios are made up but very similar to things happening in real life,” Murali said. “I would have to analyze a company’s financial statements or have to know how to create a production budget in the real world.”

      Murali will be attending the University of Texas Canfield Business Honors program under the McComb scholarship. He plans on working on working in private equity or investment banking, then launching into some entrepreneurial advent.

      “I would like to be able to help lower income individuals to optimize their finances, so that is one less burden on their mind. They are living paycheck to paycheck and figuring out a way to optimize that paycheck is so much work. That can and will be automated, and I’m hoping to be able to tap into that and help those people,” Murali said. “I think the best service is service to others. It’s best if I use the opportunities I was presented with, and that could have very well been given to anybody else, to create opportunities for other people and help the world become a better place.”

      Additional Pearland ISD results at State DECA

      Pearland ISD also had five students who received recognition as state finalists, but did not compete at the international conference:


  • Jiya Jhonsa – Franchise Business Plan
  • Shaili Shouche – Innovation Plan
  • Aarushi Lakhi – Start-up Business Plan


  • Kevin Garza – Food Marketing Series
  • Aidan Morrison – Food Marketing Series

      DECA sponsors include DHS’s Abby Monroe and Amy Hascek and PHS’s Christian Dunn and Ron Bessire.