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DECA-laring victory in state competition

LOHS, Lakeridge students qualify for the international DECA contest later this month

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Six Lake Oswego High School students will attend an international DECA competition this month in Florida.Students from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools scooped up a slew of awards at the recent state DECA competition in Portland.

At the event, which drew 750 competitors from throughout Oregon, students from both schools qualified for the International DECA contest, which is scheduled for April 24-29 in Orlando, Fla.

Six Lakers will be there: Sammy Bazant, Mckenna Murray, John Olsen, Josh Morris and Claire Carter (in a leadership position she applied for).

“I think it’s great that our school finished well at the competition, because all of the projects took a lot of time to create, and we all put a lot of hard work into them,” Murray said.

Though a scheduling conflict means the Pacers won’t compete in Florida, one of Lakeridge’s teams won first place in Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making, which had more competitors than any other event. Jack Ramsey said he knew he and teammate Michael Kuhn had put in their best possible performance, but “I was shocked that it was the best in the state.”

DECA, which includes high school and college divisions, has the mission of preparing leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Students compete in categories where they craft a fast verbal response and/or create a project reflective of a professional task, such as an advertising campaign or fashion merchandising promotion.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Several Lakeridge High School students placed at the state DECA competition, and two of them qualified for the international tourney.

Ramsey and Kuhn played the role of head marketers for a hypothetical stadium project involving public funds. The teens had 30 minutes to prepare their pitch and had to withstand five minutes of follow-up questions.

“I learned a lot of valuable business skills that I will be able to use throughout my entire career,” said Ramsey, a junior. “I learned people skills and the ability to think on my feet.”

Murray, an LOHS junior, said the competition was fun and informative.

“I learned a lot about how to plan a business project, along with how to present myself in a professional situation,” Murray said. “There are a lot of classes at the high school that don’t really teach valuable life skills, but I feel that DECA really taught us what to expect as we head into the ‘real world.’”

At the international event, she will compete in the Entrepreneurship Written Event, in which she and teammate Sammy Bazant took first place at state. They wrote a 30-page business plan for a food cart after meeting with Kyra Bussanich of Kyra’s Bake Shop in Lake Oswego for input on the financials — a step that impressed LOHS DECA adviser Chris Hill. He said he believes all his students did well at the competition and worked hard to obtain their success.

“They were self-motivated, and they created the projects by themselves,” said Hill, the LOHS leadership/business teacher.

By Jillian Daley
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