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MHS Students Score Big at International DECA Competition

MHS Students Score Big at International DECA Competition

Front row: Madeline Falknor, Kate Capetas, Morgan Rowe, Alex Wilson, Will Hobart, Anthony Dimichele and Drew Fiorenza. Back row: Brooks Adams, Roe Pitstick, Sarah Morgan, Emily Ferguson, and Mike Barrett.

The Mariemont High School DECA team members scored big at the annual International DECA competition.

Senior Will Hobart was recognized for placing in the top 10 on his test score, top 10 on his second role play, and in the top 20 finalists in the Marketing Management Event. Alex Wilson placed in the top 20 finalists in the Principles of Hospitality & Tourism event. In addition Morgan Rowe passed the CFL Test and is Certified Financially Literate earning her CFL Certificate. The certificate is recognized by the U.S. Treasury Department’s John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education.

The International Career Development Conference is DECA’s highest level of competition and encompasses competitions in finance, hospitality and tourism, marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. Drawing more than 18,000 DECA students, advisors, alumni and affiliated businesspeople from all 50 states and around the world, the five-day conference is the largest high school business competition in the world.

The Mariemont High School students competed in district competitions in January and February and the state level in March. The top state winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Nashville, Tennessee, in April.

The 12 students who qualified to compete internationally were:
Roe Pitstick – Automotive Services
Mike Barrett – Business Finance
Brooks Adams – Business Services
Drew Fiorenza and Anthony Dimichele – Buying & Merchandising Team
Madeline Falknor and Sarah Morgan – Buying & Merchandising Team
Emily Ferguson – Human Resources Management
Will Hobart - Marketing Management
Morgan Rowe – Personal Financial Literacy
Kate Capetas Principles of Business Management & Administration
Alex Wilson – Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization. The United States Congress, the United States Department of Education and state and international departments of education authorize DECA’s programs. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and entrepreneurship. The High School Division includes 190,000 members in 3,500 schools. Chapter advisor is Debra Baas. The High School of Business program is a Great Oaks program. 

Congratulations to our DECA Warriors!