ETHS DECA students include (bottom row, left to right: Matt Ho, Jorie Minsky, Katherine Mann, Allison Neggers, Margo Levitan, Deb Keme, Daisy Chaudruc, Nora Ferguson, Michelle Milazzo, Abby Gilliland, Holly Cunningham, Quinn Tucker, Nick Bauman; (top row, left to right) Abraham Syffray, Matteo Di Bernardo, Adam Masters, Ethan Hedman, Henry Young, Quinn Menzies, Zane Kashner, Ethan Iganbor,  Ben Silverman, Jake Cvetas, Jack Caldwell, Sebastian Nalls, Cypher Eason, Nick Peruffel, Elhija Cissokho, Mike Barrera, Bronson Engel, Jacob Nagle, Fletcher Brown.

 Evanston Township High School students participated in the annual North Suburban Area DECA Career Conference in Rosemont last month. More than 1,300 students from 23 schools from across the north suburban area participated in the competition, including 37 ETHS students, 22 of whom took home medals in their respective events and eight of those finishing first overall in their event.

The regional conference is a prelude to the upcoming state conference of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), an extracurricular activity focused on developing leadership skills for students interested in business, marketing and entrepreneurship).

“DECA is a competitive activity with multiple events. Within each event, students receive scores on an exam, and on business-oriented role plays. A student can medal for a top three score on either the exam or a role play,” said Dave Feeley, Career & Technical Education (CTE) teacher and DECA co-advisor. “In addition to those individual medals, overall winners are named based on the top three combined scores of exams and role plays.”

ETHS students who were first place overall winners in their respective events include: Quinn Menzies, Matteo Di Bernardo and Henry Young in Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan; Quinn Menzies and Adam Masters in Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Making; Allison Neggers in Principles of Marketing; Cypher Eason in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism; Katherine Mann in Principles of Finance; Deb Keme in Principles of Business Management.

Second place winners include: Michelle Milazzo in Principles of Business Management; Matteo Di Bernardo and Henry Young in Financial Services Team Decision Making; Zane Kashner in Business Services Marketing; Holly Cunningham in Human Resources Management; Sasha Balasanov and Abby Gilliland in Hospitality Team Decision Making.

Third place winners include: Elhija Cissokho in Principles of Business Management; Sebastian Nalls in Principles of Finance; Daisy Chaudruc in Apparel and Accessories Marketing.

 Students who took home a medal for their performance on either an exam or a role play in their respective events include Jorie Minsky, Ethan Hedman, Quinn Tucker, Nora Ferguson, Jake Nagle and Ethan Igunbor.