Local students qualify for DECA state championship

Left to right: Michal Shingler, Sean Domville, Andrew Anderson, Ryan Zavinski, Devon Moore, and Jameson Douvlos

Six Warren County Career Center students are headed to the DECA state championship.

The DECA district competition was held on Dec. 20 at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford, with a 100 question multiple choice test. The top four students in each event advance to states, said DECA Advisor Cathie Cummings.

“As their DECA Advisor, it’s exciting to see students blossom through DECA. I see significant improvement in students’ communication skills,” said Cummings. Dave Sherman, director for the Warren County Visitor’s Bureau, and John Papalia, of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, came to the career center as practice judges, said Cummings. Students were able to practice their role-play strategy, as the DECA competition involves a graded role-play scenario in addition to the written test. “Students are given a scenario to a real world situation in their marketing or business event,” said Cummings, “and have to find a solution and present their solution to a judge.”

Competing at states this year will be: Devon Moore, who took first place in Marketing and Communications; Ryan Zavinski, who took second place in Principles of Business Management and Administration; Jameson Douvlos, who took third place in Principles of Finance; Michal Shingler, who took third place in Human Resources; Sean Domville, who took fourth place in Apparel and Accessories Marketing; and Andrew Anderson, who took fourth place in Sports and Entertainment Marketing.

“This was my first year participating in DECA,” said Anderson, “and it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. It was a great learning experience and I met some amazing new people.”

Moore, President of WCCC’s DECA Chapter, said that everyone in the chapter placed high in their events. “Together,” said Moore, “we will advance into state competition and we are immensely motivated and dedicated to given our all in the coming competitive events.”

The state DECA competition will be held Feb. 21-23 in Hershey, Pa.