The Clay High School marketing class traveled to The University of Findlay to compete against other area schools, including Port Clinton, Napoleon, Whitmer, Fostoria, and others, and won a “clean sweep.”
Competition put the marketing students in authentic life situations that will prepare them for both upcoming DECA competitions and real-world business. Such competitions included business management decision-making, interviewing, public relations, and law.
DECA is a branch of the marketing class in which students compete with other schools in business and marketing competitions.
Clay DECA had a true “clean sweep” of the entire competition at UF. The team management groups placed first in all the competitive areas of: business services, buying and merchandising, hospitality, sports, and travel. The female and male public relations and parliamentary law individuals placed first and second (second only to Clay classmates).
|Clay High School students clean-up at the marketing competition at
the University of Findlay. (Photo courtesy of the Oregon Oracle)
The business services team included Nick Sheehan, Jennifer Scharer, and Alexis Donnelly, who scored a perfect 100 percent. The buying and merchandising team included Nikki Calumpang, and Jillian Harrington. Hospitality included Taylor Freyer, Alexis Shafer, and Cody Taylor. Sports management included Katherine Lucas, Dominick Shull, and Austin Achter. Male public relations contestants were Jacob Bedra, and Amr Shaheen, and female public relations were Alana Snow, and Megan Csehi. Parliamentary law competitors were Cory Mata, and Kelsy Hernandez.
“By doing well at the competition, we gained the confidence in ourselves that we will take with us to future competitions,” Snow said.
Advisor Anna Diekman said. “I was so proud at the extraordinary feat your class achieved, and with that, I commend all of you,”
Andrew “Wedge” Gordon added, “I’m happy to give back and actually help the current students succeed, because this material is relevant in all business colleges.”
Students also attended the DECA Fall Leadership Conference, which is held in Columbus every year at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
The purpose of the conference is to elect the Ohio DECA president, secretary, and vice presidents from the five regions. Also, male/female public relations, and parliamentarian are selected, and Clay had its share of students run for office.
|Clay High School marketing students compete in the Fall Leadership Conference
in Columbus. (Photo courtesy of the Oregon Oracle)
Voting delegates are selected by each chapter. Clay’s DECA Chapter had eight voting delegates altogether. Five voted for president, two voted for vice president of the Northwest Region, and one voted for the Ohio secretary.
Clay student Amr Shaheen ran for the Ohio DECA President. First, Shaheen went to Columbus weeks prior to the competition for screening. He took a test and was asked questions on basic knowledge of DECA. Shaheen, along with three others, made it through the cut to compete at the Fall Leadership Conference. Clay’s marketing students helped Amr campaign for the election through “soap box campaigning.” There was a long hallway in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, where students recruited people to discuss Shaheen’s ideas if he were elected Ohio DECA president. Despite the time invested by the class, Shaheen was defeated.
There were also participants at the conference who were selected by ratings on a press release, one minute self-presentation, press release, and interview. Cory Mata and Kelsy Hernandez competed against 48 other people to become the Ohio DECA parliamentarian. Mata placed in the top ten and received a state finalist award. Alana Snow competed in public relations against 32 others, while Bedra competed in the male public relations. Bedra placed in the top ten and received a state finalist award.
Along with experiencing the competitions and campaigning at the Fall Leadership Conference, Clay’s students went to the Easton Mall to see authentic marketing at its best.
This year’s DECA theme is to “expand your network.” Therefore, Clay Marketing students attended a pizza party and dance at the Best Western Hotel along with other DECA chapters.
Overall, Diekman was pleased with the trip.
“It was an exceptional trip with many learning experiences attached,” Diekman said.
In July, the Clay marketing class traveled to Carrollton, Ohio, to attend the Ohio DECA Summer Leadership Retreat.
The camp is for all marketing students across the state of Ohio, designed to teach the students to step out of their comfort zone and to work with other students.
Clay marketing students were able to meet, to interact and to team up with other marketing students from Ohio. The goal of the trip was to prepare the students for DECA competitions this year. The campers developed leadership skills, team management skills and learned how to succeed in business.
Throughout the four days at camp, the students participated in various activities to gain these valuable skills. They were able to participate in obstacle courses, swim, canoeing, play sports, attend dances and bonfires, and work with their teammates from other schools.
Bedra said, “DECA camp was a good experience, because it taught me leadership, to be open-minded, and how to work effectively with other people.”
Megan Csehi also enjoyed camp, saying “DECA camp brought our class together and prepared us for competition.”
For information about UF competition, contact Csehi at firstname.lastname@example.org. About the conference, contact Bedra at email@example.com. About the camp, contact Snow at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Reprinted with permission from the February 2011 issue of the Oregon Oracle).