A total of thirty-six Oak Harbor DECA members qualified to compete at the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference held on March 15-16 , 2013 at the Columbus Convention Center. Over two-thousand DECA members from 107 schools across the state competed at this event. The Oak Harbor chapter is a satellite program of Penta Career Center.
The majority of the members competed in written projects which included market research business plans and community service projects. In addition to being evaluated on their written documents, the student teams were also graded on oral presentations. All of the written projects teams placed in the top ten in the state. Several students also competed in team decision making and individual events.
The chapter worked with several business and service organizations to complete their projects. Twenty-four students won awards and the results are as follows:
Entrepreneurship Promotion Project1stMakaylaCarpenter
Financial Literacy Promotion Project2ndSamanthaDurivage
Learn & Earn Project2ndDouglasPennington
Community Service Project3rdAishaHamdallah
Creative Marketing Research Project5thAustinApple
Public Relations Project6thKatelynApple
Buying & Merchandising Reseach Project7thConnorEli
Finance Operations Project8thKalebMaguire
Marketing Management Series8thAnthonyCecil
Students who placed in the top four at the state conference qualify to compete at the International Career Development Conference which will be held in Anaheim, California on April 23-28, 2013. Twelve students will represent Oak Harbor at this conference which is attended by over 15,000 DECA members from around the world. The students are currently working to improve their presentation skills and their written projects to prepare for this event.