MHS DECA shines at state

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The MHS DECA program had five first-place finishers and 18 series champions in all at the State Career Development Conference that was held virtually this year due to the pandemic.

In all, 37 MHS DECA students competed at state. Students performed a role play and took an exam related to their event.

First-place finishers included Aarush Jain (Business Finance), Rohan Kommuri (Marketing Communications), Sneha Chandrashekar (Principles of Finance), and the team of Zinnia Nie and Poojha Prabahara Sundar (Financial Services Team).

Other MHS series champions included:  

Second place: Bridget Holahan (Apparel and Accessories), Daphne Wu (Hotel and Lodging), Lauren Poehling (Entrepreneurship)
Third place: Grace DeCroix (Marketing Communications), Bridget Holahan (Professional Selling)
Fifth place: Amber Kaplan and Elizabeth Schink (Sports Marketing Team)
Sixth place: Ambrose Engling (Principles of Marketing), Varsha Gouraram (Apparel and Accessories), Isaac Flottmeyer (Restaurant Marketing)
Seventh place: Jackson Rademacher (Accounting Applications), Carter Kadow and Lucas Rosa (Business Law Team)

Additionally, the following students earned medals based on their performance:

Karen Lu (Accounting Applications and Financial Consulting), Rachel Hong (Apparel and Accessories), Sneha Chandrashekar (Financial Consulting), Aarush Jain (Financial Consulting), Akshita Pattnaik (Hotel and Lodging), Varsha Gouraram (Professional Selling), Rohan Kommuri (Professional Selling), and Vesa Ljumani and Nina Wakeham (Travel and Tourism Team).

"This was one of our most successful State Conferences, " DECA adviser Robert Hutchison said. "The students did really well."

"Bridget Holahan being named a Series Champion in two different events just shows what a talented competitor she is. Karen Lu finished honorable mention in both of her events and we had several students earn medals in more than one event.  This year's group is very talented." 

Nineteen students are moving on to compete at the International Career Development Conference which is also being held virtually this year, Hutchison said.

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.