MHS DECA has two state champions

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Fourteen MHS students competed at the State DECA Development Conference in Lake Geneva on March 10-12.

Six individuals and two teams placed among the top five in their series. Students took an exam and performed role plays based on scenarios they would encounter if they worked in marketing.  

Sophomore Grace DeCroix took first place in state in the Principles of Marketing series, while junior Zinnia Nie took first place on the economics exam.

Other MHS series champions included:

Second place: Emery Engling (Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling)
Third place: Elena Roden (Apparel and Accessories Series); Zinnia Nie and Poojha Prabahara Sundar (Financial Services Team Series)
Fifth place: Poojha Prabahara Sundar (Financial Consulting); Lily Baird (Hotel and Lodging Series); Amber Kaplan and Elizabeth Schink (Sports Marketing Team Series)

In addition, Ashley Biwott (Financial Consulting) and Bridget Holahan (Apparel and Accessories Marketing Series and Professional Selling) earned honorable mention recognition.

MHS medal winners included: Lily Baird, Ashley Biwott, Grace DeCroix, Emery Engling, Bridget Holahan, Amber Kaplan, Zinnia Nie, Poojha Prabahara Sundar, Elena Roden, Elizabeth Schink,  and Daphne Wu.

"Students had an outstanding competition,'' MHS DECA adviser Robert Hutchison said."First-time state competitor Grace DeCroix did amazing. She medaled on all three of her events and finished first out of 51 students.''

Series champions qualified for the International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in late April but ICDC's was canceled recently.

"Even though there was no official word at the time, we had a feeling that Internationals in Nashville at the end of April would be canceled,'' Hutchison said. "I told the students the night before their series role plays to treat this as their Internationals. Eleven out of the 14 students ended up qualifying for Internationals. While it was bittersweet, it was still neat to see them do so well at this competition.'' 

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) has been around for more than 60 years and has more than 185,000 student members in 5,000 high schools. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.