Business students from the Great Oaks/Indian Hill High School DECA chapter continued their tradition of success at the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference. This year, 61 Indian Hill students went to state competition; an Indian Hill record 41 students finished in the top ten statewide, and 29 of those finalists qualified for the 2021 international competition to be held virtually in April.

Senior Lauren Sewell completed her four years of business classes and DECA competitions with four state trophies—a second place finish her freshman year, and then three straight state championships in her events.

Students in the Great Oaks/Indian Hill DECA chapter are enrolled in Marketing Management and Research, a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses in partnership with Indian Hill High School.  DECA is an international organization for business and marketing students.

Students who qualified for international DECA competition are:

State champions in their events are:
Lauren Sewell, Accounting
Andrew Sakemiller, Principles of Marketing
Bella Carson and Maggie Schoney, Entrepreneurship Team
Nathan Heilbrunn, Automotive Services
Sophie Sawyers, Hotel Management
Maria Lindberg, Quick Serve Management
Ryan Rammacher, Retail Management
Matthew Copfer, Financial Consulting

Second place
Vinya Ivaturi, Principles of Hospitality
Annie Isphording and Annie Joy, Buying and Merchandising
Pranav Rastrogi, Business Finance
Sophia Zou, Professional Selling
Emily Sichel, Hospitality Selling

Third place
Marina Anderson, Food Marketing
Vandita Rastogi, Restaurant Management
Anderson Cannady and Robert Brunner, Integrated Marketing Campaign – Service
Olivia Vigran, Professional Selling

Fourth place
Julianne Allspach, Marketing Communications
Emerson Evans, Hotel Management
Caroline Gaede, Innovation Plan
Kate Taylor and Kayla Werbrich, Integrated Marketing Campaign – Product

Fifth place
Elizabeth Whaley and Madison Kahn, Travel and Tourism Team
Nina Foad and Skyler Robinson, Sports and Entertainment Team

Not qualifying for international competition, but finishing in the top ten statewide, are:

Lucia Barrett, Innovation Plan (5th)
Sanibel Betts and Cece Benza, Travel and Tourism Team (6th)
Hunter Gillan, Business Finance (7th)
Grace Galloway, Business Start-up Plan (7th)
Drew Boylan and Anya Govil, Hospitality Team (7th)
Alexander Castellini, Principles of Marketing (9th)
William Dalton, Food Marketing (9th)
Paige McMillan and Stella Kohr, Business Operations Research (9th)

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.