Springfield DECA Students Advance to International Competition

by Springfield Public Schools

SPS students from four high schools qualified to compete in the DECA International Career Development Conference and Competition. The students advanced based on their performance at the state DECA competition, which was the largest to date, with 1,927 student participants.

Below are the state DECA results for International Competition Qualifiers, who will compete April 26 to May 1 in Orlando:

Central DECA

Central High School

1st Place — Jules Maslak-Hopper — Hotel & Lodging Management Series

2nd Place — Amaya Holdt & Nyah Karsten — Entrepreneurship Promotion Project

2nd Place — Landree Garrison — Start-up Business Plan

3rd Place — Emily Harris — Sports & Entertainment Marketing Series

3rd Place — Kira Smith — Principles of Marketing

4th Place — Alexei Shunyakov — Principles of Business Management

4th Place — Asa Scott & Adam Villarreal — Marketing Management Team Decision Making

Kickapoo DECA

Kickapoo High School

1st Place – Anna Weiner — Principles of Finance

1st Place – Emma Reimenschnieder — Human Resource Management

1st Place – Charles Taylor — Automotive Services Marketing

2nd Place – Brooklyn Lofthouse — Business Services Marketing

2nd Place – Marshall Shine — Account Services Management

4th Place – Nick Devereaux — Quick Serve Restaurant Management

4th Place – Saulo Lopes — Sports and Entertainment Marketing (foreign exchange student from Brazil)

5th Place – Kadie Thomas — Marketing Communication Services

Parkview DECA

Parkview High School

4th Place — Andre Swai — Professional Selling

5th Place — Georgia Phillips — Retail Merchandising Series

Gold — Marra Holt — Recertification in School Based Enterprise

Gold — Collin Miller — Recertification in School Based Enterprise

Medallion Finalist — Patience Arnall — Quick Serve Restaurant Management

Medallion Finalist — Marra Holt — Apparel and Accessories Marketing

Medallion Finalist — Easton Johnson — Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling

The School-Based Enterprise at Parkview High School was among the 483 school-based enterprises in the United States and to achieve Gold Level Certification (or Gold Level Re-certification) this year. The SBEs will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Orlando, FL. The students who worked on the certification for Parkview were Marra Holt and Collin Miller, with the assistance of their advisor Dede Moore. The school-based enterprise at Parkview High School, The Viking Venue, has operated for 15 years.  

Glendale DECA

Glendale High School

The Nest, a school-based enterprise at Glendale High School, was among 483 school-based enterprises (SBEs) in the United States to achieve Gold Level certification or re-certification) this year. The Nest and other SBEs will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Orlando this month.

The Nest is a retail business located inside GHS which has sold GHS t-shirts and spirit wear for 10 years. Students Abbey Hirsch and Ireland Wead, with the assistance of adviser Aundrea Hill, help manage The Nest.

A school-based enterprise is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of the market. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on, learning laboratories that integrate national curriculum standards in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

SBEs are certified at three levels: bronze, silver or gold. In order to apply for the certification, SBEs must submit extensive documentation that demonstrates their adherence to various marketing and retail standards. After the documentation submission, a review committee determines which level of certification is achieved.