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71 Strongsville High School Students Qualify For DECA State Competition

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Dan Foust, Communications Coordinator
Strongsville City Schools


Seventy-One Strongsville High School Students 
Qualify For DECA State Competition

Strongsville, OH (March 2, 2021) - Strongsville High School juniors and seniors recently competed in this year’s virtual DECA District Competition. With a strong representation of one hundred five (105) students, seventy one (71) students qualified for this month’s Ohio DECA State Competition by finishing in the top three in either the team events or individual events for their specific categories.

DECA is the only national student organization operating in the nation’s schools to attract young people to careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and entrepreneurship. Due to COVID-19, this year’s virtual competition included a written test and a video submission of their role play presentation. Students were judged on the basis of their ability to develop and communicate sound, creative, and thorough solutions to the problem situations in a variety of industry categories.

"DECA has really developed me as a student and a person as you learn many important life skills. I am thankful to have such a great and influential teacher to guide my fellow students and me in this competition," said Matt Mori, Strongsville High School junior and DECA student.

"DECA has continuously taught me valuable life and business skills that I can use in my future. I want to continue my education in business. Thanks to DECA I realized business is my passion before even entering college. As for DECA competitions, they have continuously taught me how to properly express myself and my ideas. I am very thankful for DECA and all it has taught me," said Angelina DiCola, Strongsville High School senior and DECA student.

“It has been such a tough year on students physically, mentally, and emotionally. Although it wasn't the same as in year's past, this year's DECA competition provided the students with a sense of normalcy. This event was something that the students could look forward to and became a sort of creative outlet for them to express themselves. Their excitement and dedication is reflected in the results of the competition. We are so proud of the resiliency of these students,” said Mrs. Jenna Naymik, Strongsville High School marketing teacher and DECA advisor.

The following high school students will represent Strongsville at the upcoming Ohio DECA State Competition, (competition category in parentheses): 

25 First Place Individual/Team Qualifiers
Angelina DiCola (Automotive Services)
Justin White (Business Finance)
Mark Ramser (Food Marketing)
Nathan Dubsky (Personal Financial Literacy)
Eli Malczewski (Sports & Entertainment)
Matthew Mori (Entrepreneurship)
Sydney Flegm (Hotel & Lodging)
Anabel Abdallah (Quick Serve Restaurant)
Naomi Rohrbach (Retail Merchandising)

Sophia Alonge & Sarah Schoenberger (Business Law & Ethics)
Rachel Glinsky & Lauren Knotts (Financial Services)
Christian Slokar & Brooke Zellers (Entrepreneurship)
Joshua Stevens & Jack Vargo (Hospitality Services)
Meredith Klinzing & Mariam Saleh (Marketing Management)
Paul Burlinghaus & Rose Graham (Sports & Entertainment)
Laney Carroll & Stavroula Kadras (Travel & Tourism)
Jenine Abuhamdeh & Emma Clotworthy (Buying & Merchandising)

24 Second Place Individual/Team Qualifiers
Emily Lytle (Apparel & Accessories)
Noah Bruening (Business Finance)
Amanda Markovich (Business Services)
Shelby Sallee (Quick Serve Restaurant)
Gabrielle Masola (Restaurant & Food Service)
Elizabeth Ong (Entrepreneurship)
Gwen Horvath (Marketing Communications)
Skyla Burris (Retail Merchandising)

Madeline Applegate & Kaylee Harris (Buying & Merchandising)
Reagan Bass & Brooke Brengartner (Entrepreneurship)
David Maglakelidze & Garrett Manney (Marketing Management)
Ryleigh Blum & Yasmine Jabr (Business Law & Ethics)
George Dadas & Cole Smith (Financial Services)
Nicholas Patten & Landon Turner (Hospitality Services)
Nicole Sidloski & Alexandria Van Cucha (Sports & Entertainment)
Emily Brewer & Ava Falcioni (Travel & Tourism)

22 Third Place Individual/Team Qualifiers
Devin Maddox (Business Finance)
Madelyn Selong (Human Resources Management)
Alyssa Cirino (Marketing Communication)
Caleb Warren (Sports & Entertainment)
Daniel Mutti (Personal Financial Literacy)
Megan McFadden (Quick Serve Restaurant)

Nicholas Cox & Mason Kaiser (Travel & Tourism)
Ethan Geiss & Ryan Kahn (Sports & Entertainment)
Ryan Bakos & Jayden Morales (Hospitality Services)
Dominic Mancuso & Julia Spicer (Business Law & Ethics)
Kinda Awada & Kelsey Kappel (Buying & Merchandising)
Renee Levasseur & Alyssa Merrell (Entrepreneurship)
Aidan Cunningham & Alex Morales (Financial Services)
Vanessa Fabrizi & Liam Shea (Marketing Management)

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.