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Indian Hill High School/Great Oaks DECA students headed to state

A busload of 39 students are headed to state business and marketing competition after being among the top finishers in regional events.

The students are part of the marketing program offered by Great Oaks Career Campuses at Indian Hill High School, and are members of the DECA student business and marketing organization.

Qualifying for state competition are:

First place: Aneesh Singh and Seth Brafford, Financial Analysis Team; Gabrielle Salvado, Advertising Campaign;  Rachel Gaede and Jimmy Brunette, Entrepreneurship Innovation; AJ King, Entrepreneurship Start-Up; Ingrid Ackerman, Hospitality Tourism Selling; Tennyson Holmes, Professional Selling; Alex Major, Sports Entertainment Promotion Plan; Ella Otterman and Jessica Logeman, Fashion Merchandising Plan.

Second Place: West Gardner, Business Finance; Luke Schuman, Quick Serve Management; Dan Josche and Johnny Giroux, Entrepreneurship Team; Katie More and Bea Fries, Fashion Merchandising Plan; Sarah Kaplan, Financial Consulting; Colton Brewer, Professional Selling; Ally McMillan, Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan.

Third Place: Lauren Sewell, Principles of Marketing; Arushi Charu,  Principles of Business Management; Elizabeth Saba, Principles of Finance; Cole Werbrich, Automotive Management; Mykel Bright, Hotel Management; Gracey Hirsch, Marketing Communications; Cameron Metz, Human Resources; Joel Blachman and Sam Smith, Business Law and Ethics; Zach Falter and Adam Misali, Financial Analysis Team; Anna Slattery, Advertising Campaign; Bryn Wirthlin and Margo David, Fashion Merchandising Plan; Catherine Joy, Financial Consulting; Jaylen Thornton and Jack Wilson, Sports & Entertainment Plan.

Fourth Place:  Cole Dein, ​Restaurant Management; Manasi Singh, Retail Management.

Other students who placed, but did not qualify for state competition:

Fourth Place: Olivia Campbell, Entrepreneurship Innovation; Morgan Yamaguchi and Payton Hoffman, Travel and Tourism Management

Fifth Place:  Nick Gillan, Principles of Marketing; David Rinninger, Sports Management; Brian Lewis and Xander Johnston, Entrepreneurship Team; Miller Alspaugh and Henry DiGennaro, Sports Management Team; Callie O’Dell and Jorie Alf, Entrepreneurship Innovation.

All competitors took a one-hundred question multiple choice test on marketing concepts and had to perform an impromptu role play situation that dealt with either human relations problem solving, selling, promotion, economic concepts, management decision making, pricing, product development, planning marketing strategies, customer service problem solving or a combination of the above.

The top three qualifiers in Principles and Team events and the top four qualifiers in Individual Series events advance to the DECA State Career Development Conference in Columbus during March, with a chance to qualify for national competition.


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