DECA Students Win Big at State Competition

DECA Students Win Big at State Competition

PHOTO: Elmwood Park DECA students Jack Stranges, Emily Ortega, Steiv Shore, Diamond Lopez and Jakub Zwierzynski celebrate their awards at the state conference last weekend. Photo credit: EP DECA Facebook page.


The Elmwood Park High School DECA chapter earned more than two dozen awards, certificates and special honors at last weekend's Illinois Career Development Conference in Rosemont.

Twenty-four members of the EPHS chapter participated in the event, which took place March 9-11. They competed against more than 1,400 DECA students from around the state.

As part of the competition, students took an economics test and a comprehensive market knowledge test in their career category. They also had to think on their feet to apply their knowledge through a role play in front of a judge when given two business situations.

"We can be proud of every member of this chapter," said Ms. Karen Bear, EPHS business education teacher and DECA sponsor. "They worked diligently to prepare, spending numerous hours studying economics and business, preparing written plans and presentations and practicing role-play situations. In addition, their behavior reflected beautifully on Elmwood Park."

The following is a list of the awards earned by EPHS students at the Illinois conference. Students are listed in alphabetical order. Congratulations all!


Scholarship Recipient


A $1,000 scholarship from the Illinois Foundation for Marketing Education was awarded to:

  • Diamond Lopez

Placements


To place, the following students performed at a high level in all four tests in the area in which they competed or created 10- to 30-page campaigns presented to a business leader:

  • Samantha Garcia, Diamond Lopez & Jakub Zwierzynski
    Learn and Earn Project — 3rd place
  • Chris Grimpe
    Professional Sales — 6th place
  • Diamond Lopez
    Professional Sales — 4th place
  • Diamond Lopez & Jakub Zwierzynski
    Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making — 5th place
  • Emily Ortega
    Hospitality and Tourism Professional Sales — 2nd place
  • Steiv Shore
    Hospitality and Tourism Professional Sales — 4th place
  • Bekah Spathies
    Hospitality and Tourism Professional Sales — 5th place
  • Gabi Szado
    Hospitality and Tourism Professional Sales — 6th place
  • Jakub Zwierzynski
    Professional Sales — 5th place

Finalists (Top 10)


To reach finalist status, the following students performed at a high level in all four tests in the area in which they competed or created 10- to 30-page campaigns presented to a business leader:

  • Morrell Jamison
    Financial Consulting
  • Morrell Jamison, Frank Stocco & Jack Stranges
    Business Operations Research

Emerging Leaders Honor Award


  • Diamond Lopez, Emily Ortega, Frank Stocco, Jakub Zwierzynski

Competency Certificates


  • Vanessa Bucio
    Product/Service Management
  • Johnny Diaz
    Product/Service Management; Safety Health & Environment
  • Emily Fitch
    Market Planning
  • Samantha Garcia
    Customer Relations; Economics; Marketing
  • Thomas Glodzik
    Product/Service Marketing; Promotion
  • Kevin Godlewski
    Product/Service Marketing; Promotion
  • Chris Grimpe
    Marketing; Promotion
  • Breana Haxhillari
    Market Planning
  • Jackie Lasselle
    Promotion
  • Eliana Lebron
    Product/Service Management 
  • Diamond Lopez
    Marketing; Product/Service Management; Promotion
  • Morrell Jamison
    Finance; Financial Analysis; Marketing
  • Emily Ortega
    Marketing; Product/Service Marketing
  • Steiv Shore
    Product/Service Management; Safety Health & Environment
  • Bekah Spathies
    Market Planning; Pricing
  • Frank Stocco
    Marketing; Product/Service Marketing; Promotion
  • Jack Stranges
    Product/Service Marketing; Promotion
  • Gabi Szado
    Market Planning; Pricing
  • Jakub Zwierzynski
    Economics; Marketing; Product/Service Management; Promotion 

Special Honors


  • Ms. Bear received the National Outstanding Chapter Advisor award for the 12th year in a row. The award was presented to only six chapter sponsors.
  • The EPHS chapter was recognized for its contributions to the Epilepsy Foundation (The Heroes Classic).
  • The chapter reached the Gold level for iConnect for working with the state organization.
  • Seven chapter members have qualified to compete at the International Career Development Conference: Chris Grimpe, Morrell Jamison, Diamond Lopez, Emily Ortega, Steiv Shore, Bekah Spathies and Jakub Zwierzynski. EPHS students will attend this conference in Anaheim, Calif., at the end of April.

About DECA


Previously known as Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. More than 3,500 high schools have DECA chapters.

Under Ms. Bear's guidance, the EPHS chapter has consistently won major awards at the state, national and international levels.


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