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LOHS competing in international DECA event

Students showered with awards and honors


Nine Lake Oswego High School students advanced to an international competition during the State Career Development Conference in Portland.

The 58th annual Oregon DECA competition held last month involved role-playing and creating solutions for business situations such as a drop in profits. Participants also delivered formal business and marketing presentations. 

Some 860 students from 29 high schools took part in the conference. The Lake Oswego students are among 200 competitors who qualified to duke it out with 15,000 students from across the globe at the International DECA conference this April in Disneyland. The students are junior Blaine Danielson, junior Caroline Dorman, senior Kate Dunham, senior Ariana Egli, junior Chrissy Rumpakis, senior Danielle Spring, senior Daniel Verburg, senior Grayson Williams-Krebs and junior Taylor Yob. Danielson, Dorman, Egli, Spring, Rumpakis and Yob plan to attend.

DECA “is something I’m thankful to have been a part of,” Egli said.

Lake Oswego High, represented with 29 students, also snagged 28 finalist medals, which a student earns by being in the top eight of the 50 to 100 contenders in each of the conference’s events. The school also landed 16 top three trophies. Lakeridge performed well but did not move on to the international competition, said Karissa Brown, DECA state officer coach. Brown added that all students stand to gain from joining DECA.

“Students are able to apply business and marketing skills, as well as walk away with more confidence, leadership abilities and practice of real-world business scenarios,” Brown said. “Along with application of the classroom learning, students also learn how to be better public speakers, how to think on their feet, and how to stand out as creative, intelligent, individuals.”

Students in Lake Oswego High’s DECA chapter, which is integrated with school curriculum, go on field trips, see in-class guest speakers and participate in internships and job shadow opportunities, said Lake Oswego High School business teacher, Ryan Durrett.

“I am very proud of the students,” Durrett said. “It’s so great to see them motivated and committed to an idea that has real world applications. Seeing them stretch themselves and explore their creativity, communication skills, and professionalism is always fun as a business teacher.”

Lake Oswego High School’s most recent involvement in DECA dates back to 2000, although the school also participated in previous years. 

Oregon DECA is a member association of DECA, an international not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Virginia with 200,000 student, alumni and professional members. DECA, previously known as Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an association of high school students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, marketing sales and service. Other countries that are DECA members are Canada, Germany, Guam and Puerto Rico.

“DECA offers a unique, memorable experience that allows future business and marketing professionals the ability to polish their skills at a young age,” Brown said.

by: SUBMITTED - Lake Oswego High School picked up scads of awards at DECA's State Career Development Conference last month in Portland. Third row, from left: Taylor Yob, Nick Palermini, Blaine Danielson, Caroline Dorman, Collin Calhoon, Karsten Anderson, Nick Bunick and Spencer Lewis; second row from left: Ariana Egli, Ashlee Casebeer, Kate Dunham, Chrissy Rumpakis, Kate Hearon, Grayson Williams-Krebs, Hunter Ware, Danielle Spring, Bailey Buchman, Maddie Meyer, Austin Meyer-Ferris and Femke Paanakker; front row from left: LOHS business teacher Ryan Durrett, Daniel Kelly, Drew Cohen, AJ Van Leeuwen, Sam Hoover and Ian Fisher.




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