Seven Great Oaks students from Taylor High School went to regional DECA business and marketing competition, and all seven qualified for state competition.  “This is Taylor’s first year in DECA competition, so this is a very strong showing,” said Great Oaks Director of Community Relations Jon Weidlich.

The students are part of the marketing program offered by Great Oaks Career Campuses at Taylor High School, and are members of the DECA student business and marketing organization. The instructor is Katy Heller.

The state-bound students are:

Ben Shaw and Jimmie Massu, 3rd place, Entrepreneurship

Erin Day and Tommy Hensler, 2nd Place, Travel and Tourism

Maggie Paul and Matt Hellebusch, 1st Place, Hospitality

Kayla Grimes, 4th Place, Human Resources

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 qualifiers advance to the DECA State Career Development Conference in Columbus during March, with a chance to qualify for national competition.