More than 100 students in the Great Oaks High School of Business program at Harrison High School represented their school in state DECA business competition; 52 students placed in the top ten in their events, and 16 students will be advancing to compete at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) this spring in Orlando, Florida.

The national qualifiers and students placing in the top ten include:

National Qualifiers

  • Gillian Metzger, Emily Webster and Jack Davis—1st Place in Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Lyndsi Moore—1st Place in Business Growth Plan
  • Eve King—1st Place in Principles of Business Management and Administration
  • Sydney Neckel–2nd Place in Marketing Communications
  • Gabby Brandner –2nd Place in Business Services
  • Kyle Farfsing and Christian Sovern—2nd Place in Business Law and Ethics Team Event
  • Connor Egan and Chris Reckelhoff –3rd Place in Entrepreneurship Team
  • Levi Tidwell—4th Place in Principles of Finance
  • Beth Mason—4th Place in Entrepreneurship Individual
  • Emma Roush—Retail Merchandising
  • Emily Davis—Marketing Communications
  • Emily Mueller—Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Top Ten (Finalist)

  • Kailey Egan—Apparel and Accessories
  • Jacob Arrasmith—Food Marketing
  • Lily Schroder—Hotel and Lodging
  • Emma Huber—Human Resources
  • Kyra Voll—Quick Serve Restaurant Management
  • Luke King—Retail Merchandising
  • Jacob Bernhardt—Sports and Entertainment Marketing
  • Cheyanne Fauz—Sports and Entertainment Marketing
  • Grant Morse—Principle of Business Management and Administration
  • Kylie Todd—Principles of Finance
  • Courtney Reckelhoff—Principles of Marketing
  • Leah Norman—Hospitality Professional Selling
  • Jack Webster—Hospitality Professional Selling
  • Emily Conners and Olivia Gerhardt—Integrated Marketing Campaign—Product
  • Keegan Dennis, Meghan Peak and Jace Loos—Integrated Marketing Campaign—Product
  • Dalton Lobenstein, Logan Schultheis and Braydon Swope—Integrated Marketing Campaign—Product
  • Rachel Wagner—Integrated Marketing Campaign—Service
  • Samantha Spaeth and Makenna Williams—Buying and Merchandising Team Event
  • Rocky Weber and Caleb Turner—Financial Services Team Event
  • Megan Bley and Alyssa Tuchfarber—Marketing Management Team Event
  • Ava Eckel and Bailey Manos—Marketing Management Team Event
  • Julia Harmon and Terrin Jackson—Sports and Entertainment Team Event
  • Grant Swope and Brandon Beebe—Sports and Entertainment Team Event
  • Matthew Montemurro, Jake Roberts and Will Janzsen—Innovation Plan

The Great Oaks/Harrison DECA Chapter was also recognized at the state competition for earning the Thrive Campaign Award, receiving a recognition plaque and three allocations to attend the Thrive Academy at ICDC in Orlando.  Great Oaks/Harrison DECA will also be recognized as the largest chapter in the state of Ohio at ICDC.

Over 18,000 students will attend the International Career Development Conference.  All the competitors take a written 100-question multiple-choice test on marketing concepts and perform an impromptu role-play situation.  The situations may cover human relations, problem solving, selling, promotion, economic concepts, management decision making, pricing, product development, product planning, marketing strategies, customer service problem solving or a combination of the above.

DECA is an association of high school marketing students that have an interest in pursuing careers in marketing and management.  DECA is co-curricular to the Harrison High School of Business Program at Harrison High School offered by Great Oaks Career Campuses.

Great Oaks/Harrison DECA national qualifiers

Front Row: Eve King, Gabby Brandner, Emily Davis, Lyndsi Moore, Gillian Metzger, Emily Webster, Sydney Neckel
Second Row: Beth Mason, Emma Roush, Christian Sovern, Levi Tidwell, Chris Reckelhoff, Jack Davis, Kyle Farfsing, Emily Mueller
Not Pictured: Connor Egan