ETHS students (from left) Everett Wood, Connor Siegel, Maxandra Cadet, Jane Sereika, Noah Whinston, and Connor Woolf received 2011 DECA awards. They placed among the top three in their events.

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Twenty-one students represented Evanston Township High School (ETHS) at the Dec. 6 DECA North Suburban Area Career Conference where they competed in a series of business-and marketing-oriented events. Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) is a non-profit organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Led by ETHS DECA president Sara Claire Gaspard (Class of 2012), students competed at the conference by taking business-oriented tests and role playing with local business people about a business situation in a specific industry. Students can win based on their exam scores or role play scores. Additionally, overall winners are selected based on the combination of all of their scores.

Other ETHS students who participated at the DECA conference and are eligible to represent ETHS in the state DECA competition in March included: Canderlaria Alcat (’13), Nick Delgado (’12), Brandon Garrido (’13), Sara Claire Gaspard (’12), Emily Hosman (’13), Hoojon “CJ” Jang (’12), Kalash Jain (’13), Toni Maxwell (’12), Adam Morton (’12), Adam Nieldbaski (’15), Ruby Salgado (’12), Jernone Smith (’13), Lorie St. Cyr (’12), Shamir Villeda (’12), and Sophie Zbesko (’13).

ETHS teachers Dave Feeley and Gary Haller served as the DECA advisors for these students, who competed among more than 900 other students from 18 other Chicago area schools.