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AHS Students Qualify for International Business Competition

Twenty-four Anderson students enrolled in a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses have qualified for an international business competition! Business students from the Great Oaks/AHS Satellite DECA chapter have a tradition of performing well at the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference. This year, the tradition continued with 45 finalists competing for an international bid. Two dozen of those finalists qualified for the 2021 international competition which will be held virtually in April.


DECA is an organization for students enrolled in marketing, business, and finance education. The organization provides opportunities for students that a professional organization would offer a businessperson.


AHS students who qualified for International DECA competition are:

Taking first place in their event:

Natalie Long and Travis Ralston – Business Law and Ethics

Stella Scheidler – Business Services

Christopher Roller and Harleena Chopra – Buying and Merchandising

Nicholas Gundrum – Entrepreneurship

Catherine Dorsey and Amanda Gehringer – Financial Services Team

Alivia Leonard and Lucy Maddill – Hospitality Services Team


Second place finishers:

Laura Nester – Hotel and Lodging Management

Saron Tefera – Marketing Communication

Leeann Webster – Restaurant and Food Service Management

Brooke Berry and Abby Ellis – Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team


Third place:

Noah Habig and Matthew Roewer – Business Law and Ethics

Joey Cron and Dylan Kopras – Hospitality Services Team

Hope Horstman – Hotel and Lodging Management


Fourth place:

Gavin Hallmark – Apparel and Accessories

Lilly Conley and Reagan Cooke – Buying and Merchandising

Leah Moody – Human Resources Management


Also finishing in the Top Ten in their event statewide, but not qualifying for international competition, were:

Piper Stark – Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling – 5th

Sydney Smith and Alexandra Vanderhorst – Integrated Marketing Campaign - Product– 6th

Jessica Swaney and Lydia Tanner – Marketing Management – 7th

Jesse Alten – Quick Service Restaurant Management – 8th

Andrew Azeez and Jackson Miller – Entrepreneurship Team – 8th

Sheridan Halpert and Elisa Infante – Travel and Tourism Team – 8th

Jake Parrish and Mitchell Coffey – Entrepreneurship Team – 9th

Hailey Morrow – Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling – 9th

Cassidy Cole – Restaurant and Food Service Management – 9th

Anna White – Apparel and Accessories – 10th


Other finalists in state competition:

Bradley Caldwell – Business Services

Drew Gavin and Aiden Trowbridge - Integrated Marketing Campaign - Event

Zach Campbell – Professional Selling

Carson Johnston and Evan Upchurch

The state conference was held virtually this year. Roughly 18,000 students typically participate in the competition. Competitors at the International Career Development Conference take a written 100-question multiple choice test on their subject matter and perform a business role-play situation. Awards are given to students placing in the top 10 on their test and/or role play. The top ten overall move on to the second round of competition. 

We are so proud of our AHS/Great Oaks marketing, business, and finance students!