Third place winners Jordyn Dunn, Brandon Schimming and Brenna Franck.
On May 1 eighteen Oak Harbor DECA members traveled to Atlanta, GA, to compete at the International Career Development Conference. Over 16,000 students from around the world competed in their respective events. The team of Jordyn Dunn, Brenna Franck, and Brandon Schimming placed third in the Financial Literacy Promotion Event. Each of the team members also won a $2,000 scholarship from H&R Block, who sponsored this event.
Students earned the right to compete at this event based on qualifying at the Ohio DECA Career Development Contest held in March. The students competed in a variety of events, ranging from individual events that consisted of a test and a role play to team case studies and written promotional plans. Six students also qualified to attend the conference based on their standings in an online simulation, Virtual Business Restaurant. Austin Apple, Ben Cochran, Joshua Hill, Tate Haar, Connor Eli and Andy Rathbun competed in the Virtual Business Challenge and were recognized at the state conference and earned the right to compete in Atlanta.
Twenty-eight students competed at the state conference with nineteen qualifying for the International Conference. The results were as follows: 1st place winners: Jordyn Dunn, Brenna Franck, and Brandon Schimming; 3rd place winners: Ashley Roose, Lauren Dials, Andy Rathbun, Elyse Habiltzel, Tate Haar, Clara Stirewalt, Gregory Lowe and Coral Petersen; 4th place winners: Brooke Shanteau, Austin Apple and Brianna Nuhfer; 6th place winners: Ben Cochran, Bryce Buderer and Dillon Pollard.
The chapter spent hundreds of hours preparing for these events and volunteering in the community. The award winning projects ranged from raising funds for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association to conducting research for the Ottawa County Fair and Croghan Colonial Bank to promoting financial literacy, entrepreneurship and a diverse workplace. Chapter president Ben Cochran stated, “We are very proud of our accomplishments this year, but more importantly we are honored that the chapter was able to make an impact on our local community.”