Jul. 22—A Red River High School student is among the top competitors at the DECA International Career Development Conference held virtually this spring. The conference included 17,000 members and advisers.
Sudiksha Singhal designed an orthodontic device, less than a centimeter in diameter, that could help prevent the pain caused by braces that poke and cut the inner cheeks and lips.
Singhal, who will be a junior this fall, was named as a finalist in the Entrepreneurship Independent Business Plan Event, and is among 15% of competitors who earned an international medallion for excellence as an overall finalist.
DECA, short for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
Singhhal, 16, knows firsthand how painful or irritating braces can be. She has worn braces for four years, she said. “This is something