CAREY — The Carey DECA team recently competed at the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus on March 16-17.
Of 23 projects, the Blue Devils advanced four to the International Career Development Conference to be held April 28 through May 1 in Salt Lake City. Headlining the group was Adriene Bjorling, Jasmine Manns and Haley Wickman’s first place-project of public relations.
Evan Hyatt and Ben Kromer took runner-up honors in travel and tourism team project, while Kristina Hill, Jenna Jesko and Amanda May placed third in the financial literacy project. Mathew Fruth, Justin Meek and Austin Tschanen were fourth in sports and entertainment promotion plan.
“Our DECA chapter did a very nice job in Columbus for the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference by placing 31 students in projects that reached the finals or the top ten in the state,” Carey DECA Advisor Derek Cunningham said. “The chapter qualified 11 students to compete at nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is a good job by our chapter.
“Both senior teams are returning national DECA qualifiers, which places them among a select group of Carey DECA members as multiple national qualifiers,” he added. “It was great to win an event at the state level and to take our largest group ever to state DECA competition. Now the competition level increases as we move on to nationals.”
Placing in the top 10 of state competition were Clayton Brickner, entrepreneurship; Taylor Decker, Codie Smith and Scott Vehre, international business plan; Bryce Bublitz, Brooklyn Gibson and Seneca Malcuit, creative marketing; Monique Altvater, Ellen McDougle and Oscar O’Flaherty, learn and earn project; Audrey Hotellling, Kayla Wood and Hannah Vaughn, entrepreneurship promotion project; Jenna Jesko, Ohio DECA scholarship; Jonathan Fahl, professional selling; Jacob Moran, hospitality selling; and Megan Dennis, Michael Paton and Hannah Tong, sports and entertainment promotion plan.
Qualifying for state competition, but not placing in the top 10 were Bryce Mullholand, sports and entertainment series; Adam Hyatt, hotel and lodging series; Jacob Goble, automotive services series; Arneshiah Mitsch, entrepreneurship participating; Samantha Welty and Whitney Niederkohr, marketing communications team; Baylee Schertzer and Mary Jo Bash, buying and merchandising team; Taylor Young and Jaclyn Trioano, sports and entertainment team; Devon Huffman and Shania Hendricks, financial services team; Miranda Conley, Rachel Greene and Tori Rechtenbach, fashion promotion plan; Kiersten May, Lauren Wenner and Victoria Woods, fashion promotion plan; and Brandon Distel, Ian Rechtenbach and Dillon Sammons, advertising campaign.