Students from Evanston Township High School competed in the Illinois DECA Career Development Conference in March 2017, with 16 of 32 participants finishing in the top three teams in the state for their respective competitive events. More than 1,300 students from Illinois high schools participated in the conference for participants of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), where students competed in business/entrepreneurship activities through business role play situations, taking business-oriented exams, presenting written research projects and public relations campaigns, and delivering pitches for new business concepts.
First place state winners from ETHS:
Michelle Milazzo - community service project focused on running a canned food drive outside Mariano’s in the months of November and December.
Mikey Barrera - public relations campaign focusing on Latinos in Technology where he hosted various events targeted towards Latinos in ETHS and technology such as Virtual Reality, ChromeZone Repairs, Hour of Code, and Programming.
The team of Bronson Engel and Mickey Haughey - hospitality and tourism operations research event focused on Supreme Burrito #1 and enhancing their social, local, and mobile promotions.
The team of Nick Perruffel and Ethan Igunbor - creative marketing project focused on Sarkis and how to enhance their current marketing tactics.
The team of Nick Perruffel and Ethan Igunbor - franchise a business project focused on Herm’s Palace with a plan to open a franchise under their guidance.
The team of Jake Cvetas and Margo Levitan - finance operations research event focused on First Northern Credit Union and creating ways to boost their social, local, and mobile promotions.
Nora Ferguson - sports and entertainment operations research event focused on the Fitness Matrix and how to enhance their social, local, and mobile promotions.
The team of Matthew Ho and Jake Nagle - independent business plan focused on creating a business of their choice, TeeMe.
Second place state winners from ETHS:
The team of Sasha Balasanov and Katherine Mann - community service project focused on being members of Wildkit Buddies.
Josh Rowzee - hospitality and tourism operations research event focused on Chipotle and enhancing their social, local, and mobile promotions.
Elhija Cissokho - financial literacy promotional plan focused on coming into a Personal Finance class and teaching about credit, auto purchasing and banking concepts.
Third place state winners from ETHS:
Jack Caldwell - start up a business plan focused on creating a business plan of his choice, Meats for Mates.
Honorable mentions from ETHS: Holly Cunningham, Avante Price, Georgia Wilson, and Olivia Holland.
State winners in first, second and third place are invited to compete in April at the International DECA competition that will host over 17,000 students from across the United States as well as from other countries such as Mexico, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, China, and Germany.ETHS DECA advisors for the 2016-17 school year are Dave Feeley, Chris Manila, and Jenny Weber who are teachers in the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department.