DECA competes at state, students make finals

by Jackie Camacho, Staff Reporter

DECA, a competitive business club, went to Decatur, Ill. to compete at the state level the weekend of March 7 to 9.

Kelsey Nicpon, Ryan Steinberg, Miranda Vollmer, Jackie Camacho, Joe Dundovich, Cameron DeCoursey and Cameron Forst, seniors, and Alex Gleyzer and Anna Gleyzer, juniors, all competed in different events in the marketing field.

The competition consisted of taking short tests related to business and presenting marketing ideas to a judge. Six Wheeling students made it to the top ten finalists for their events.

Alex and Anna Gleyzer competed in a community service event by presenting Wheeling’s accomplishments in raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Vollmer and Steinberg reached the finals for their performance in the hospitality marketing event where they were given a scenario for a problem in a hotel and then asked to come up with ideas to solve it.

Steinberg and Camacho placed in the top ten for their entrepreneurship project, where they created and presented a business plan for a sports bar and grill.

“All our students worked really hard, did a great job, and I’m really proud of them,” John Kritek, DECA adviser, said.

DECA is open to all students, and it is always looking to grow. A background in business is not needed to join.

“I always look forward to this weekend and always come back with great memories. DECA state is something everyone should experience in high school especially if they are interested in any type of business. It’s a guaranteed good time,” Nicpon said.

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