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Great Oaks/Mariemont HS excels at state DECA conference; students qualify for international event

The students from the Great Oaks/Mariemont High School Satellite DECA chapter have a tradition of performing well at the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference. The tradition continued in 2019, with 15 finalists competing for an international bid. Eight of the 15 finalists qualified for the International competition held in Orlando, Florida, at the end of April.

One student, Kate Copetas, qualified for the International Competition all four years.

The following students earned an opportunity to compete in the international DECA conference in April in Orlando, Florida:

  • Kate Copetas, 3rd in the Food Marketing event
  • Isaac Trybus, 3rd in Marketing Communications
  • Andrew Mehl, 3rd in Personal Financial Literacy
  • Jackson Comer, 4th in Personal Financial Literacy

    Great Oaks/Mariemont 2019 DECA national qualfiers

    Front: Jossey Frye, Elizabeth Bonnell, Kate Copetas
    Back: Adam Takas, Jonathan Cooper, Ryan Matarese, William Young, James DiMichele, Andrew Mehl, Gabriel Hartnett, Maxwell Northrop, Jack Neville, Isaac Trybus, Jackson Comer
    Missing: Jackson Trester

  • Jonathan Cooper and William Young, 4th in Buying and Merchandising Team
  • James DiMichele and Jackson Trester, 4th in Finance Team

Other Great Oaks/Mariemont state finalists were:

  • Adam Takas, Sports and Entertainment Marketing
  • Elizabeth Bonnell and Jossey Frye, Buying and Merchandising Team
  • Ryan Matarese and Jack Neville, Finance Team
  • Maxwell Northrop and Gabriel Hartnett, Finance Team

Students in the Great Oaks/Mariemont DECA chapter are enrolled in the High School of Business, a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses held at Mariemont High School.

The state conference was March 15-16 at the Columbus Convention Center.

About 18,000 students will attend the competition.   Competitors at the International Career Development Conference take a written 100-question multiple choice test on their subject matter and perform an business role-play situation.  Awards are given to students placing in the top 10 on their test and/or role play; the top ten overall move on to the second round of competition.

DECA Inc. is a student organization with members in all 50 United States and the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The United States Congress, the United States Department of Education and state and international departments of education authorize DECA’s programs. DECA prepares the next generation to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible and experienced leaders.  The High School Division includes 190,000 members in 3,500 schools.

The Great Oaks/Mariemont Chapter Advisor is Debra Baas.