Monday, April 19, 2004

You're disqualified! Virginia teen booted from DECA contest for allegedly rude display

This Washington Post article ("Debatable Victory Dance Costs Teen Chance to Compete," 4/19/04) questions the decision of Fairfax County teachers who disqualified a young man from the international DECA competition.

The article says that "some teachers in the audience told him that they were mortified by the angle at which he held the trophy. They accused Sanders of intentionally displaying it as a phallic symbol, making a mockery of the contest and embarrassing his school, George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church. As punishment, he will not be allowed to compete in the next round next month, at an international career development conference in Tennessee."

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