Orlando, Florida April 25-April 28, 2015: Twenty seven Owen J. Roberts DECA members earned the right to represent the state of Pennsylvania at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Florida. These future marketing leaders were selected through at least two levels of competition, as the best marketing students out of over 3000 Pennsylvania DECA members. At the ICDC, the Owen J. Roberts delegation competed against 18,000 DECA members from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, China, South Korea, Spain, Dubai, and Germany for recognition and over $300,000 in scholarships provided by DECA’s National Advisory Board companies.
More than 1000 business professionals representing both domestic and international corporations served as judges in the competitive events with 150-200 DECA projects/competitors in each event. These business professionals interacted with the DECA members through presentations of written manuals and role-play scenarios in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management career clusters.
Only the top 3% out of the 18,000 students competing are chosen and recognized as the best of the best with scholarships and trophies. While attending the conference, students have an opportunity to attend leadership academies designed to develop individual leadership skills and better prepare the students to become the leaders of tomorrow’s workforce. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with vendors and discuss everything from business trends to internship and scholarship opportunities. Student leaders from each state interview and elect students for one of five national offices.
Owen J. Roberts DECA won the following awards at the 2015 ICDC: Alex Bendyk and Sam Bolig, TOP 10 in the Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making Event (Alex also received an award for high test score out of 400 competitors); Mark Dyer, TOP 20 in Accounting Application Series; and Eliza Fitch and Danielle Wood, high presentation score in Advertising Campaign. Other Owen J. Roberts DECA members competing at the 2015 ICDC included: written events…. Emily Haverstick and Emily Stoner in Business Services Operations Research Event; Maggie Duffy in Sports and Entertainment Operations Research Event; Katie Higgins in Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan Event; Brooke Miller and Laura Bauernschmidt in Buying and Merchandising Operations Research Event; Ryan Michener and Conner Ruyak,in Entrepreneurship Written Event; Sienna Carroll and Eliza Stoner in International Business Plan Event; Maddie Sager and Annie Reisenwitz in Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan Event; Ryan Knox in Entrepreneurship Participating Event; Caroline Rajtik in Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan Event; Richard Brigandi in Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling Event. Role-play events…. Ethan Gelting in Human Resource Management Series; Connor Harlow in Food Marketing Series; Ryan Dede in Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series; and Emerson Odagis and Andrew Griffin in Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making Event. In addition, Rachel Brobst and Tyler McGee participated in the DECA IGNITE leadership academy for future leaders in business and marketing.
DECA is the only international student organization operating through schools to attract young people to careers in marketing, merchandising, management, and entrepreneurship. Its purposes are to teach occupational proficiency, and to promote understanding and appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship in our free, competitive enterprise system.
Local businesses and community members interested in participating with DECA may contact the Owen J. Roberts DECA Advisor, Mr. Bryan C. Burtnett, at firstname.lastname@example.org .