30+ FHSD students placed at the DECA State Career Development Conference

Posted on 04/08/2021

More than 30 students in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) placed at this year’s DECA State Career Development Conference held March 15-19. FHSD students were joined by 1,400 high-school marketing students from across the state at this annual event.

Students receiving recognition of individual ability and achievement at the state level were:

First Place Finishers 
Zachary Lewis, FHC, Business Finance Services
Joey Key, FHN, Business Services Marketing

Second Place Finishers
Becka Brissette, FHN, Innovation Plan
Ashley Gross, FHHS, Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Hannah Holzer & Sophia Moore, FHHS, Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making
Cole Hopper & Cole Sherman, FHN, Travel & Tourism Marketing Team Decision Making
Erin Ihrig, FHHS, Hotel and Lodging Marketing
Spencer Klein, FHC, Retail Merchandising Series
Iris Lee & Riya Contractor, FHN, Marketing Communications Team Decision Making

Third Place Finishers 
Laney Bargen, FHHS, Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Max Benenati & Jack Pipkin, FHHS, Financial Services Team Decision Making
Wyatt Daly, FHHS, Human Resource Management

Fourth Place Finishers
Mackenzie Beckmann & Anna Crawford, FHHS, Sports & Entertainment Team Decision Making
Tatum Kaup & Emma Socha, FHHS, Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
Haley Schellert, FHHS, Food Marketing Services

Fifth Place Finishers
Nicole Crangle, FHC, Travel and Tourism Marketing Decision Making
Kiley Buckman, FHC, Travel and Tourism Marketing Decision Making
Hannah Edmons, FHHS, Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Riley Roedel, FHHS, Retail Merchandising Services
Rumesa Qalbani, FHN, Human Resources Management

Sixth Place Finishers
Henry Amelung & Ryan Schwartz, FHC, Financial Services Team Decision Making
Chloe Horstman, FHN, Apparel and Accessories Marketing
Brendan Leuthauser & Troy Ludwig, Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making

Seventh Place Finishers
Kennedy Buckman & Madisyn French, FHC, Hospitality Services Team Decision Making

Eighth Place Finishers
Bailey Scarbrough, FHN, Principles of Marketing

Other finalists included Francis Howell High School students Molly Fitzgerald, Brayden Noland, Julie Steiger and Gracie Wilkenson.

All students listed above will advance to international-level competition at the International DECA Career Development Conference to be held April 13-30.

DECA competitive events are designed to contribute to the development of competencies needed for careers in marketing, management and merchandising; to motivate students to assume responsibility for self-improvement and self-discipline; to assist students in acquiring a realistic self-concept through individual and group activities; and to provide visibility for the educational goals and objectives of marketing education.

The Francis Howell Central chapter is advised by FHC teachers Steve Cross and Lisa Range. The Francis Howell High School chapter is advised by FHHS teachers Nadine Freedline, Amanda Graser, Jennifer Guttmann and Erika Halloran. The Francis Howell North chapter is advised by FHN teachers Melissa Hanrahan, Lori Moore and Mike Freedline.

DECA is the only international organization specifically designed to reinforce the occupational competencies of high-school students who wish to pursue careers in marketing, merchandising and management.

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