Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs – 28 FHSD DECA Students Qualify for International Competition

Posted on 04/18/2018
Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs – 28 FHSD DECA Students Qualify for International Competition

Students from Francis Howell School District joined a record 1,900 high school marketing students from across Missouri at the annual DECA State Career Development Conference in March. As a result of the students’ outstanding efforts, several took home top awards and FHSD high schools will have 28 representatives at the International DECA Career Development Conference in April.

Steve Cross has been FHC’s DECA Advisor since the school opened in 1997, so he knows just how important the program is. He explained, “DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe!” Under his tutelage, teams have consistently achieved amazing results.

However, these competitions – and DECA, itself – are not about the awards. The purpose of getting the best and brightest marketing students together in one place at the same time is to help develop their skills through collaboration and friendly competition.

Once again, FHC students shined at the state conference competitions, with 11 students advancing to the international level, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 20-25. FHC DECA is one of the largest in Missouri, with 200 members. But they weren’t the only FHSD students who achieved great success at the state conference.

Francis Howell High, for instance, had 10 students qualify for the international competition. And FHHS’s longtime advisor was recognized for his thirty years of service – we said “longtime” – to the FHHS DECA organization as an advisor. “I would say that one of the most rewarding program I have been involved with in the last 30 years has been DECA,” Anders said. “I have seen students grow and flourish in what DECA offers. The students not only learn marketing concepts, but they are also able to put them into practical application. The leadership and community service that these DECA students participate is priceless. I am just glad my co-DECA sponsors (Nadine Freedline and Jennie Guttmann) have been there to witness these accomplishments as well.

Francis Howell North High School had seven students qualify out of just 34 members.  FHN had 15 students place in the top ten of their respective competitions, almost half of those who competed.

Students receiving recognition of individual ability and achievement at the state level were:

 

FHN:

Name

Place

Competition

Maddie Kraus

1st

Hotel and Lodging Management

Grace Stevenson

6th

Hotel and Lodging Management

Jamie Sneed

1st

Human Resources Management

Abigail Coffman

3rd

Buying and Merchandising Team

Kira Stock

3rd

Buying and Merchandising Team

Maddie Adams and Courtney Haislip

7th

Innovation Plan

Riley Lawson and Colby Winner

5th

Financial Team Decision Making

Eli Bowen, Chris Connolly, and Shyam Kannan

Top 8

Business Services Operations

Estafania Cruz

Top 8

Financial Consulting Event

Ben Jamison

Top 8

Quick Serve Restaurant Management

Katie Leuthauser

Top 8

Human Resources Management


FHHS:

Name

Place

Competition

Adam Reider

1st

Marketing Communication Series

Madison Wooldridge

5th

Business Service Marketing Series

Jess Fisher and Sammie Markus

1st

Financial Service Team Decision Making

Jenna Rhoads, Abbie Schellert, and Megan Schulz

2nd

Buying and Merchandising Operations Research

Hanna Anderson, Marilyn Schene and Abby Taylor

6th

Start-Up Business Plan


FHC:

Name

Place

Competition

London Rodgers

3rd

Marketing ManagementTeam Decision Making

Rilee Geringer

3rd

Marketing ManagementTeam Decision Making

Zach Allison

3rd

Travel and Tourism Marketing Team Decision Making

Ryan Noble

3rd

Travel and Tourism Marketing Team Decision Making

Ashley Gault

4th

Business Services Marketing

Chloe Webb

4th

Food Marketing Series

Alayna Dehne

5th

Food Marketing Series

Dontae Horace

5th

Entrepreneurship Series

Ashley Burgess

6th

Buying and Merchandise Team Decision Making

Brooke Schiefelbein

6th

Buying and Merchandise Team Decision Making

Nicholas Zuckerman

6th

Sports and Entertainment Marketing


 

 


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