Elmwood Park DECA Students Excel Again at State Competition

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Some of Elmwood Park DECA's award winners from the 2019 Illinois Career Development Conference display their medals. Front row from left: Ashley Adams and Brianna Ward. Back row from left: Emily Fitch, Jackie Lasselle, Bekah Spathies, Nick Velazquez and Jade Muro. (Photo courtesy of Karen Bear)


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-six members of the EPHS chapter participated in the event, which took place March 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.

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.

The chapter members 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!


State Finalists | Top 10 Finishers


To place as a finalist, 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.

In addition, eight of EP's 11 participants reached the Top 10 in three categories in professional sales (Professional Sales, Hospitality and Tourism Professional Sales, and Financial Consulting).


STUDENT

CATEGORY

FINISH

Ashley Adams

Hospitality and Tourism
Professional Sales

9th Place

Emily Fitch

Hospitality and Tourism
Professional Sales

8th Place

Jackie Lasselle

Professional Sales

5th Place

Jackie Lasselle

Retail Merchandising

10th Place

Jackie Lasselle, Bekah Spathies & Gabi Szado

Learn and Earn

5th Place

Jade Muro

Professional Sales

9th Place

Bekah Spathies

Hospitality and Tourism
Professional Sales

10th Place

Gabi Szado

Hospitality and Tourism
Professional Sales

6th Place

Nick Velazquez

Professional Sales

10th Place

Brianna Ward

Financial Consulting

10th Place


Competency Certificates


STUDENT

CERTIFICATES

STUDENT

CERTIFICATES

Ashley Adams

Product/Service Management;
Hospitality Services

Jackie Lasselle

Selling;
Economics

William Bermudez

Promotion;
Marketing

Marina Maldonado

Marketing;
Economics

Vanessa Bucio

Product/Service Management

Jesus Morales

Marketing

Nelson DeJesus

Promotion

Jade Muro

Information Management;
Customer Relations

Emily Fitch

Marketing;
Economics

Bekah Spathies

Product/Service Management;
Marketing

George Gauthier

Marketing

Gabi Szado

Product/Service Management;
Marketing

Omar Gomez

Promotion

Nick Velazquez

Promotion

Jasmin Grimpe

Product/Service Management;
Hospitality Services

Brianna Ward

Promotion;
Economics

Bart Krzeminski

Marketing

Julia Wronska

Marketing


Special Honors


Individual student awards and certificates weren't the only honors that the EPHS contingent won at the conference.

► Ms. Bear received the National Outstanding Chapter Advisor award for the 14th year in a row. The award was presented to only eight 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 — and did so with the highest score in the state.

► Four chapter members qualified to compete at the International Career Development Conference, which will be held April 27-30 in Orlando, Fla. The qualifiers are juniors Emily Fitch, Jackie Lasselle, Bekah Spathies and Gabi Szado.

"EPHS DECA is proud of our record," Ms. Bear said. "We have qualified to attend the International Conference 15 out of the 16 years we have had a chapter at EPHS."  


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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