In three weeks, Nashville Tennessee will be overrun by thousands of high school students, all looking to pursue careers in business. Beginning April 21, the DECA international conference will take over the city for the following week. Among those students will be eight of Sycamore DECA’s finest competitors.
In order to receive their spot, students competed in State competitions. The Ohio conference became the battleground for 50 Sycamore students. The completed either one or two spontaneous role plays followed by a presentation to a panel of judges.
At the awards ceremony, all top ten finalists received a medal as recognition. The top three participants receive trophies and top four are eligible for nationals. 11 Sycamore students received this honor but only eight accepted.
Those moving forward are senior Garrett Cambre and juniors Stephen Coleman, David Greenberger, Connor Jarrett, Noah Biegger, Max Hill and Cora Bennett. Juniors Cagla Akcadag and Nicole Crone will also be going to Nashville as part of the international leadership conference.
“I am really proud of all students and their efforts in Columbus. Several teachers from other schools noticed how well dressed and respectful Sycamore marketing students were when interacting with judges and business professionals,” said marketing teacher and DECA supervisor Mark Steedly.
Due to the high amount of top ten finishers, Sycamore DECA was named the second most impressive DECA chapter in the state, trailing Anderson by two points. Sycamore earned 24 top ten spots complete with four first place wins, three third places and 4 fourth places.
“My goal for next year though is to regain the title. Next year's students should be ready to compete at the highest level possible,” said Steedly.
Through competitions and classroom training, students learn real life skills they will use in any career field they choose in live. Skills practiced include creative problem solving, public speaking and professional etiquette.
“Sycamore DECA will continue to prepare emerging leaders for careers in marketing, hospitality, finance and management indefinitely,” said Mark Steedly.