MHS DECA has strong showing at state

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Three MHS DECA students captured first place in four series at the State Career Development Conference on March 7-9 in Lake Geneva.

In all, 21 MHS DECA members competed at state with seven individuals and one team placing in the top six.

Students performed role plays that resemble scenarios they would encounter if they worked in business or marketing.  Students also took a multiple choice test based on related instructional areas. Students earedn medals based on their performance on the role plays and written exam.

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Megan Borgmeyer placed first in automotive sales marketing and financial consulting. Katy Briggs took first place in restaurant marketing, while Ethan Wildes captured first place in personal financial literacy. Fionia Lynch also placed among the top six in two events.

“The students did great this year,” MHS adviser Robert Hutchison said. “To see Megan take first place in both of her events was pretty amazing.  Fiona also did a great job placing in both of her events.  It’s clear the students prepared and were ready for the competition. This year’s conference was one of the most successful in terms of the number of first- and second-place finishers.” 

MHS students who were series champions included:

Megan Borgmeyer: First place in automotive services marketing; first place in financial consulting
Katy Briggs: First place in restaurant marketing
Ethan Wildes: First place in personal financial literacy
Fiona Lynch: Second place in food marketing; fifth place in advertising campaign
Nitin Somasundaram: Second place in business finance
Sam Smith: Fourth place in automotive services marketing
James Griswold: Fifth place in advertising campaign
Chloe Cole and Natalie Cho: Sixth place in hospitality marketing team

MHS students who earned honorable mention included:

Lily Baird: Principles of Hospitality
Jahnavi Gali: Personal Financial Literacy
Reshma Gal: Financial Consulting
Phyo Kyaw and James Nolan: Buying and Merchandising Team
Phyo Kyaw: Professional Selling
Trevaun Turner: Apparel and Accessories

Jahnavi Gali took eighth place on the economics test and Casey McKean placed in the top 15. More than 400 students took the test.
“Both Jahnavi and Casey did a great job on the exam,” Hutchison said.  

MHS medal winners included: Lily Baird, Megan Borgmeyer, Katy Briggs, Natalie Cho, Chloe Cole, Jahnavi Gali, Reshma Gali, James Griswold, Nathan Hibner, Phyo Kyaw, Fiona Lynch, Casey McKean, James Nolan, Sam Smith,  Nitin Somasundaram, Trevaun Turner, and Ethan Wildes

Cole also started the opening session on Tuesday night by singing the National Anthem.

Hutchinson said 11 MHS students will be competing at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. in late April.