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Multiple Top 10 Finishes for ETHS Students at DECA State Conference

March 10, 2023  1:30pm CT


Students from Evanston Township High School competed in Illinois DECA’s 2023 Career Development Conference, which hosted more than 1,500 high school students. The ETHS team earned nine 1st place finishes, two 2nd place finishes, five 3rd place finishes, and two top 10 finishes. In all, 16 ETHS students earned a bid to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference in April.


Every year, DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) invites students to compete 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.


Written Event Winners (qualified for the international competition)


Franchise Business Plan: 

1st place - Mateo LaPaglia


Business Operations Research Event:  Sports and Entertainment Marketing 

1st place – Caleb Gerstein and Eli Kaplan


Business Operations Research Event: Hospitality and Tourism

1st place – Layne Koury and Ariella Davidson


Business Operations Research Event: Business Services 

1st Place – Maya Thadhani and Kathleen Carrasco


Community Awareness Project:

1st Place – Campbell Fleming and Monroe Stroth


Independent Business Plan: 

1st Place – Ellie Newmark


Start Up Business Plan:

3rd Place – Maisy Peter


Role Play Winners (qualified for the international competition)


Principles of Business Management:

1st Place – Theo Wu

2nd Place – Max Low


Principles of Marketing:

3rd Place – Josh Rein 


Marketing Communications: 

3rd Place – Mateo Solis


Top 10 Finalists in their event: 

Sports and Entertainment Marketing:

Joe Jurichko


Principles of Hospitality and Tourism:

 Eddie Green


Mini Award winners


Principles of Business Management:

1st place Cluster Exam – Theo Wu 

2nd place Cluster Exam – Aidan Levine

3rd place Role Play 1 – Max Low


Marketing Communications: 

1st place Role Play 1 – Mateo Solis


Hospitality Services Management Team Decision Making:

3rd place Role Play 2 – Ariella Davidson and Layne Koury