Students from Evanston Township High School competed in the Illinois DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Career Development Conference in March 2016, with 15 of 31 participants finishing in the top ten of state for their respective competitive events. Participants in the conference,where students competed in business/entrepreneurship activities through business role play situations, taking business-oriented exams, presenting written research projects and public relations campaigns, and delivering pitches for new business concepts.
First place state winners included: Allison Neggers – public relations campaign focused on Women in STEM (WISTEM); Jack Caldwell, Jake Cvetas, and Ben Silverman team – creative marketing project on a customer loyalty program tied to local restaurants around Evanston; Holly Cunningham and Tali Quiroz team – community service project tied to a food drive; Nick Perruffel and Ethan Igunbor team- business plan on a new restaurant concept.
Second place state winners included: Deb Keme – public relations project on “Being a Black Being”; Margo Levitan – start-up business plan for a bed and breakfast; Holly Cunningham – Human Resources Management.
Third place state winners included: Matteo Di Bernardo and Henry Young team- Financial Services Team Decision Making.
Fourth place state winner: Daisy Chaudrac – Apparel & Accessories Marketing.
Other students who finished in the top ten included: Jorie Minsky – development of fashion merchandising plan and a Food Marketing; Quinn Menzies – Personal Financial Literacy; Quinn Menizes, Matteo Di Bernardo and Henry Young team – creation of an Entrepreneurial Innovation Plan dealing with a retail checkout system.