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SHS Students Qualify & Compete at International DECA Conference

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Dan Foust, Communications Coordinator
Strongsville City Schools


Strongsville High School Students
Qualify & Compete at International DECA Conference


Strongsville, OH (May 22, 2019) - The Strongsville High School DECA program had twelve students who qualified and competed at the recent DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida. These students were finalists from the Ohio DECA State Conference, providing the opportunity to join a record breaking 21,000 high school students, advisors, businesspersons, and alumni during the weekend International Conference.

DECA is the international organization which prepares students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and entrepreneurship. There are more than 219,000 high school students in 3,500 schools around the world involved in DECA. As part of the curriculum, students take part in the competitive events program, allowing them to compete for district and state titles. The top state winners qualify for the program’s final round of competition, DECA Internationals, which features top student performers from all 50 United States, Canada, China, Guam, Puerto Rico and Spain.  

The following Strongsville High School students qualified for DECA Internationals, along with their category of competition:

Clare Abdallah (Quick Serve Restaurant)

Andrew Aske & John Mott (Entrepreneurship)

Anna Barrett (Automotive Marketing)

Haley Dye & Vera Maglakelidze (Marketing Management)

Eric Geiss & Gillian Williams (Financial Services)

Nick Jones (Automotive Marketing)

Hannah Lipowski (Business Services)

Cassidy Locigno (Food Marketing)

Jamie Melland (Restaurant & Food Service)

Anna Barrett (Strongsville High School senior) competed against over 200 participants in the Automotive Services Marketing individual event. Her event consisted of a comprehensive marketing exam where she was challenged to perform marketing and management functions and tasks related to the automotive industry. Anna completed two case studies and earned a top performance medal in both. She placed in the top 10% of her category which qualified her to competed in the finalist round. She then earned a spot as a Top 10 International Finalist and was recognized on stage in front of thousands of attendees at the closing award ceremony for her accomplishment.

“We are so proud of our students in Strongsville’s DECA program. Providing these opportunities for them to prepare for college and career is a goal of our DECA program and we appreciate the hard work and dedication of these students. Each year they push themselves and compete at the very highest level in the state and national competitions. They are fantastic representatives of Strongsville High School,” said Ms. Jessica Frenchik, Strongsville High School marketing teacher and DECA advisor.

Strongsville City Schools, in partnership with the community,
will ensure all students reach their fullest potential through challenging curriculum and activities,
provided by a highly qualified, motivated staff, in a safe, supportive environment with up-to-date facilities and technology.