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ETHS students excel at career conference

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Seventeen ETHS students competed at the Illinois DECA State Career Development Conference in Decatur this month against over 1,000 students from schools across the state.

Seven of the students finished in the top 10 in their respective events.

Seventeen ETHS students competed at the Illinois DECA State Career Development Conference in Decatur this month against over 1,000 students from schools across the state.

Seven of the students finished in the top 10 in their respective events.

"DECA is an extracurricular activity for students interested in business, marketing and entrepreneurship.  Students compete against students in other schools in business role play events and they can also develop a business oriented project to present at the conference," says Gary Haller, one of the three DECA advisors at ETHS.

"For example, one of our teams – Alex Sincere, Judah Schvimer, and Carie Tybout – developed a business concept for an Internet based social networking site to provide tutoring.  They wrote a detailed marketing plan and had to present their concept in a formal business presentation in front of a judge," Haller added.

"In DECA competition, students can compete as a team or individually.  The competition requires students to be able to think on their feet and be comfortable speaking in front of people," says Darlene Gordon, DECA Advisor.

"The students take on the role of a person involved in a business situation and they interact with a judge, who is a professional from the business world.  The judge scores them and their scores are added with the results of tests that they take which deals with business," Gordon said.

"The state competition this year was more intense than in past years, says Dave Feeley, DECA Advisor.  "But, our students competed well and did ETHS proud."

In this year's competition, the team of Alex Sincere and Danny Speth, finished in first place overall for their event which was Business Law & Ethics.

Other ETHS students who placed in the top 10 in state in their events were:

  • Patrice Newsome – placed 4th in Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
  • Everett Wood – placed 4th in Principles of Business Administration
  • Adam Morton – placed 9th in Principles of Marketing
  • Judah Schvimer – placed 4th in Principles of Finance
  • Carrie Tybout – placed 4th in Marketing Management

The team of Carie Tybout, Alex Sincere and Judah Schvimer placed in the top 10 in the Internet Marketing Plan event with a business concept that they developed and presented.

In addition, the following ETHS students were recognized with competency certificates by achieving a benchmark score in one or more of the activities that make up their respective event: Candelaria Alcat, Dominique Bradley, Alejandra Berber, Sabrina D'Haiti, Nico Delgado, Sara Claire Gaspard, Alexandra Mariscal, Adam Morton, Patrice Newsome, Judah Schvimer, Alex Sincere, Patricia Souffrant, Danny Speth, Carie Tybout, Derishon Wadlington, and Everett Wood.

DECA students who place in the top 10 may be asked to represent the state of Illinois at the DECA International Conference in May in Orlando.

Above: Patrice Newsome, Everett Wood, Adam Morton, Danny Speth, Alex Sincere, Carie Tyvout and Judah Schvimer finished in the top 10 in their events.

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