Fifteen Princeton High School students have qualified at the district level to advance to the state DECA competition in March.

DECA is an organization that “prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.” DECA is part of the marketing program offered by Great Oaks Career Campuses at Princeton High School. Ohio DECA has over 4,700 members with 157 chapters in the High School Division.

“Under the leadership of Ms. Rebecca McCowan, our Business teacher and DECA leader, Princeton High School has a group of students who are willing and dedicated to going above and beyond. The  DECA Club offers skill-building and real-world learning opportunities, as the student operate and manage our Viking Spirit Shop,” stated Ron Bollmer, high school principal. “Having authentic tasks and management issues to solve empowers these students for college, career, and life success.”

To qualify for the next level of competition, students took a 100-question test and participated in a role-play activity where they are were tasked with solving a business problem.  The real-world problems are unknown to the students prior to arriving at the competition. Students competing individually are given 10 minutes to prepare and another 10 minutes to present their solution to two judges. Team groups have 20 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to present.

Sophomore Olivia LaVeaux will compete at the state level by writing a 20-page paper and giving a 15-minute presentation focusing on international business.

“Being part of DECA has been amazing. I have made a lot of friends and had many new experiences. Last year I competed at state and placed in the top 10 in my event. This year, I wanted to challenge myself by writing a paper. It is a lot of work, but I’m up for it and hope to do well at state in March,” said LaVeaux.

Additional Princeton students advancing to the state competition include:

  • Desiree Emery (freshman), 2nd in Principles of Business
  • Dahnesa Brewton (freshman), 3rd in Principles of Business
  • Kymara Lemon (freshman), 4th in Principles of Hospitality
  • Damico Lewis (senior), 4th in Marketing Management
  • Elijah Marfisi (sophomore) and Franck Toukam (10), 5th in Buying and Merchandising Team
  • Janiyah Wright Willingham (junior), 3rd in Apparel and Accessories
  • Abigya Kebede (junior), 3rd in Business Finance
  • Ay’reana Huckleby (junior), 4th Business Services
  • Shawndale Thomas (junior), 5th in Business Services
  • Madisyn DuBose (junior), 5th in Entrepreneurship
  • Amillyan Simmons (sophomore), 5th in Hotel and Lodging
  • Elise Pettis (sophomore), 5th in Restaurant and Food
  • Jquan Turnage (sophomore), 5th in Sports and Entertainment

“Our students have worked very hard to compete at the district level against Western Brown High School, Anderson High School, and West Clermont High School. Progressing to this level of competition is evidence of their work ethic and dedication,” said McCowan.  “I am extremely proud of their accomplishments and look forward to watching them achieve even more goals at the state level.”

Princeton DECA qualifiers

Princeton High School DECA students heading to the state competition include Elise Pettis, Ay’reana Huckleby, Madisyn DuBose, Janiyah Wright Willingham, Abigya Kebede, Jquan Turnage, Amillyan Simmons, and Shawndale Thomas.