Sycamore Community Schools is proud to announce that 50 Sycamore High School students have advanced to the Ohio DECA State Competition.
DECA District Six held their annual spring competition on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at UC Clermont. 640 students from six schools participated, including Anderson High School, Milford High School, Indian Hill High School, Glen Este High School, Western Brown High School, and Sycamore High School.
The following Sycamore Marketing students took FIRST PLACE in their event: JD Locke in Automotive Marketing and Sam Myers in Restaurant Marketing, Clayton Bennett and Jacob Spiegel in Hospitality Marketing as a team.
The SECOND PLACE winners were Jason Beaudry in Food Marketing, Tyler Miller in Hotel Marketing, Camila Cardenas in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Akshara Kapoor in Human Resources, Courtney Reardon in Automotive Marketing, Brooke Landrum in Personal Financial Literacy. Nick Wade and Nicholas Bigliano placed first as a team in Hospitality Marketing and David Greenberger in Hospitality Professional Selling.
PLACING THIRD was Cora Bennett in Apparel and Accessories, Rachel Cogen in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Lydia Deppert in Hotel Marketing, Max Hill in Business Finance, Noah Biegger and Stephen Coleman in Hospitality Marketing team, Amy Bitzer and Jacqueline Lazar in Buying and Merchandising team, Beverly Liu and Kiley Schafer in Travel and Tourism Marketing team, Maggie Skwara in Financial Consulting, and Julia Diersing and Bradley Greenberger in Business Law and Ethics.
DECA Diamond Trophies are presented to first through third place winners, the rest received medallions. Of the 62 Sycamore Marketing students who qualified for state, a grand total of 27 trophies were won.
All competitors took a 100 question multiple choice test on marketing concepts and had to perform an impromptu role play situation that dealt with a variety of business topics. The topics chosen were: human relations problem solving; selling; promotion; economic concepts; management decision making; pricing; product development; planning marketing strategies and customer service problem solving.
The top seven individuals and top six teams will compete in Ohio DECA State Competition in Columbus on March 18 and 19, with the opportunity to compete at International Competition in Nashville, TN. Fifty Sycamore Marketing students will be attending the State competition.
DECA is an association of high school marketing students who are pursuing careers in marketing and management. DECA is co-curricular to the marketing education program that takes place in the classroom. Ohio DECA has 4,579 members with 119 chapters and National DECA has a total of 210,000 student members for the High School Division.
The Sycamore High School DECA chapter is part of the Sycamore Marketing Management & Research Program, a satellite program of the Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development. After the last competition season, it was named the most outstanding DECA chapter in the state.