A total of 44 Oak Harbor DECA members qualified to compete at the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference held on March 16-17 at the Columbus Convention Center. More than 2,000 DECA members from 111 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 10 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. Thirty-two students won awards and the results are as follows:
• First: Makayla Carpenter — Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
• Second place: Taylor Blatt, Aisha Hamdallah, Whitney Rutledge — Perfect Color & Tan Research Project; Jazmin Meek, Kasey Peterson, Caitlin Sutton — “Caitlin’s Dream” Community Service Project; Samantha Durivage, Nate Segaard, Austin Wiegand — “Entrepreneurship-Dare to Dream” Project
• Third place: Allen Boss & Brian Mallernee — Financial Services Team Decision Making; Samantha Wilkins — Great Wolf Lodge Hospitality & Tourism Selling
• Fourth place: James Edens, Josh Graber, Evan Puckett — Bevinco Advertising Campaign;
Taylor St. Clair, Kurtis Tallman, Shelby Wilkins — “Break the Silence-End the Violence” Project; Alex Bergman, Kaleb Maguire, Leslie Perry — “Financial Frontier-Discover the Trail to Financial Success”
• Sixth place: Eric Buehler, Dalton Reau, Chris Tabbert — National Bank of Ohio Research Project
• Seventh place: AJ Cecil — Principles of Marketing
• Ninth place: Hunter Gresh and Zane Troknya — Village of Oak Harbor Revitalization Research Project
• 10th place: Tori Allen, Cora Lajti, Kelly Zurvalec — “Quarter Mania” Learn & Earn Project
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 Salt Lake City, Utah, April 28-May 2. Twenty-two students will represent Oak Harbor at this conference, which is attended by more than 15,000 DECA members from around the world. The students are currently working to improve their presentation skills and studying to increase their knowledge of the business world.