Eight Upper Sandusky High School marketing students competed in the recent Ohio DECA state marketing events’ competition as a result of their high placement at the DECA District 3 competition at Bluffton University in February.
Senior Michael Holzwart and junior Corey Stansbery received medals of distinction for finishing in the top 10 IN their respective events. Holzwart competed in principles of finance and Stansbery competed in principles of business management and administration. Holwart also qualified to attend and compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference, slated for April 28-May 2 in Salt Lake City.
The Ohio DECA state competition featured more than 1,700 students from across the state who competed in a variety of marketing-related events that featured various combinations of written tests, case study and role play evaluations, presentations, research projects, sales demonstrations, business plans and other marketing/business practices and principles.
Also representing the Rams at the state competition were David Grove, food marketing; Robert Lodge, hotel and lodging management; Alexandra Newell, human resources management; Zenan Wample, marketing management; Abby Krouse and Abbie Otto, hospitality marketing team.
“We are very proud that Michael Holzwart will be advancing to Salt Lake City to compete against the top marketing students from the United States, as well as from Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rice, Guam and other nations that have DECA chapters,” said Wayne Thomas, Upper Sandusky marketing instructor and DECA adviser. “I am equally proud of all of my students who put forth the extra effort and dedication it takes to advance to the state level. I am confident that each of them came away a winner from the many educational and social experiences they gained in Columbus.”
This year marks the fifth straight year that the Rams have advanced at least one student to the international conference.