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Published 2/10/2005

Area High School Students Compete In District I DECA Competition at Owens

Napoleon High School students' Tonya Schwab and Alicia Stanek provide explanation about their advertising campaign for Bubble Yum bubble gum at Owens. More than 500 high school students showcased their knowledge and skills in marketing, merchandising, management and entrepreneurship as they recently competed in the District I DECA Competition, hosted by Owens Community College.

Throughout the day, students were faced with various real-world business scenarios in which they had to provide explanations on how to effectively manage the situation. Such role-play scenarios included apparel and accessories, business services, food marketing, marketing management, full-serve restaurant, quick-serve restaurant, retail merchandising, and vehicles and petroleum. In addition, participants made presentations in the areas of hospitality, finance, sports, travel and e-commerce. Students also took a written examination and participated several other activities.

The top three winners in the team and participatory competitions, as well as the top four winners in the individual competitions will advance to the DECA State Competition (March 18-19) held in Columbus, Ohio. Defiance High School garnered the highest number of students going to state, sending 15 individual, four participatory and three team winners. Whitmer High School was second, sending 10 individual, three participatory and two team winners.

"Owens Community College is excited to host an event dedicated to enhancing student skills related to careers within the business field," said Jennifer Irelan, Owens Assistant Director of Enrollment Services. "Each student displayed a high level of knowledge about marketing, merchandising, management and entrepreneurship, which made for a very exciting day of competition."

DECA, which stands for "Distributive Education Clubs of America," is a national organization dedicated to enhancing educational and career opportunities for high school and college students within the areas of marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Since its founding in 1946, DECA has remained on the cutting edge of educational innovation, working with the business community to integrate academic achievement with career and technical skills. Each year the organization's scholarship program awards over $250,000 in scholarships to students, which are generated from more than 50 corporations.

Local high schools competing in the District I DECA Competition were Anthony Wayne High School, Bowling Green High School, Bowsher High School, Defiance High School, Napoleon High School, Oak Harbor High School, Springfield High School, Start High School, Sylvania Schools, Wauseon High School and Whitmer High School.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher education institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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