The Howard D. Woodson High School chapter of Distributive Education Clubs of America has won a national prize for its activities, the first D. C. club to do so. At a conference in Anaheim, Calif., the Woodson chapter was presented the national third-place award for its Free Enterprise Chapter Manual.

Phyllis Hall, 18, a senior and president of the Woodson club, and Nina Gaskin, adviser and teacher coordinator for the club, accepted the National Chapter Winner Plaque at the California meeting, which was the National DECA Career Development Conference. The club also won two shares of Phillips Petroleum Co. stock.

Other Woodson students attending the conference was Darlene Gartrell, Christine Brown, Yvonne Goldston, Robert Bodrick and Tawaunna Jones. More than 6,000 students, teachers, and business and community leaders from all over the nation attended the meeting.

In district of Columbia competition this year, the Woodson chapter won first place in the Chapter of the Year competition and first place for the Free Enterprise Chapter manual.

Hall is state vice-president for D.C., which is classified as a state in the national DECA organization. She has won first place in the Student of the Year competition and a first place for her Free Enterprise Individual Manual, for which she and Gaskin, her adviser, received $100 from the Philipps Petroleum.

Distributive education is a program of instruction that covers merchandising, marketing and management.