Anderson DECA2021 stateBusiness students from the Great Oaks/Anderson High School Satellite DECA chapter have a tradition of performing well at the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference. The tradition continued in 2021, with 45 finalists competing for an international bid. Two dozen of those finalists qualified for the 2021 international competition to be held virtually in April.

Students in the Great Oaks/Anderson DECA chapter are enrolled in Marketing Management and Research, a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses in partnership with Anderson High School.

Students who qualified for international DECA competition are:

Taking first place in their event:

Natalie Long and Travis Ralston – Business Law and Ethics
Stella Scheidler – Business Services
Christopher Roller and Harleena Chopra – Buying and Merchandising
Nicholas Gundrum – Entrepreneurship
Catherine Dorsey and Amanda Gehringer – Financial Services Team
Alivia Leonard and Lucy Maddill – Hospitality Services Team

Second place finishers:
Laura Nester – Hotel and Lodging Management
Saron Tefera – Marketing Communication
Leeann Webster – Restaurant and Food Service Management
Brooke Berry and Abby Ellis – Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team

Third place:
Noah Habig and Matthew Roewer – Business Law and Ethics
Joey Cron and Dylan Kopras – Hospitality Services Team
Hope Horstman – Hotel and Lodging Management

Fourth place:
Gavin Hallmark – Apparel and Accessories
Lilly Conley and Reagan Cooke – Buying and Merchandising
Leah Moody – Human Resources Management

Also finishing in the Top Ten in their event statewide, but not qualifying for international competition, were:
Piper Stark – Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling – 5th
Sydney Smith and Alexandra Vanderhorst – Integrated Marketing Campaign – Product– 6th
Jessica Swaney and Lydia Tanner – Marketing Management – 7th
Jesse Alten – Quick Service Restaurant Management – 8th
Andrew Azeez and Jackson Miller – Entrepreneurship Team – 8th
Sheridan Halpert and Elisa Infante – Travel and Tourism Team – 8th
Jake Parrish and Mitchell Coffey – Entrepreneurship Team – 9th
Hailey Morrow – Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling – 9th
Cassidy Cole – Restaurant and Food Service Management – 9th
Anna White – Apparel and Accessories – 10th

Other finalists in state competition:
Bradley Caldwell – Business Services
Drew Gavin and Aiden Trowbridge – Integrated Marketing Campaign – Event
Zach Campbell – Professional Selling
Carson Johnston and Evan Upchurch

The state conference was held virtually this year.

About 18,000 students typically participate in the competition.   Competitors at the International Career Development Conference take a written 100-question multiple choice test on their subject matter and perform a 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.