Evanston Township High School junior Andrew Bempah was recognized at the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Bempah capped off a historic year for the high school’s DECA team with a fourth overall win in Human Resources Management at the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC). Bempah’s finish marks the highest place earned by an ETHS student at the ICDC since the school has participated in this annual competition.

DECA is an extracurricular activity for students interested in business, marketing and entrepreneurship. The DECA ICDC was held May 3-6. More than 16,000 high school students, advisors, businesspersons and alumni gathered from every state in the U.S. as well as many other countries. Mr. Bempah competed against 200 other students at the event according to Gary Haller, DECA Co-Advisor.

“Prior to Andrew’s win, we have had students place in the top 20 at this conference, so this is a profound achievement,” commented Haller.

The DECA competition includes an exam based on business and economics concepts as well as a series of role play situations that are played out in front of a judge, who is a businessperson. The scores from these different activities are combined to determine the winners.

“Andrew put in a lot of his own time into studying business concepts as well as researching the various performance indicators that the role plays draw from.  He is a very determined competitor who really shows what effective effort is all about,” said Dave Feeley, DECA Co-Advisor.

For information about the 2014 International Career Development Conference, visit http://www.deca.org/events/icdc/.