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Bethel Park High School Students Earn Numerous Awards At DECA State Competition
DECA State FinalistsThirty-nine Bethel Park High School students were named Finalists at the 2018 Pennsylvania DECA State Career Development Conference, which was held February 21-23 in Hershey, PA.  Of the 39 Finalists, 28 of them qualified to compete at the 2018 DECA International Career Development Conference, which will be held in April in Atlanta, GA.
Earning First Place Awards and qualifying for the International event were seniors Abby DelBene, Emma Harris and Camryn Manko in the Learn and Earn Project; Audra Kozlowski (Start Up Business Plan); Emma Beck, Gavin Campbell and junior Tyler Andreis (Independent Business Plan); senior Tammy Stugan and juniors Dalton Moore and Tim Nuss (Creative Marketing Plan); juniors Alyssa George (Restaurant and Food Service Management); Samantha Huwe and Brenna Manko (Community Service Project); sophomore Gabby Hegedus (Buying and Merchandising Operations Research); and freshmen Michael Conroy and Lexi Seese (Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan).
Earning Second Place Awards and qualifying for Internationals were seniors Greydon Tomkowitz (Human Resources Management); Maria Schiller and Delaney Strzyz (Financial Literacy Promotion Plan); Rachel Gilliam and sophomore Sarah Gilliam (Advertising Campaign); and juniors Diana Brueggman (Business Growth Plan) and Alexis Schank (Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research).
Earning Third Place Awards and qualifying for Internationals were seniors Chelsea Hallman (Entrepreneurship) and Samantha Dunn (Quick Serve Restaurant Management); juniors Lance Chorney and Alex Duguid (Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan); and Ciara Roach (Franchise Business Plan).  Senior Paige Davidson also earned a Third Place Award in the Female Model event.
Sophomore Jacob Marzina earned a Fourth Place Award in the Financial Consulting Event and qualified for Internationals.
Fifth Place Awards went to senior Karlie Olson (Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling); junior Emily Kraska and sophomore Lauren Mazzacone (Sports and Entertainment Operations Research); and sophomores Brian Torles (Principles of Business Management); Shayna Postler and Rainy Swogger (Financial Operations Research); and Marissa Christenson, Riley Evans and Alyssa Sholder (Public Relations Plan).
Twelve students earned Medallion Awards for earning one of the top three scores in their event for either their Test, Role Play A and/or Role Play B.  Earning Medallion Awards were senior Cameron Busch (Logistics Test and Role Play B); Abigail Coltz (Hotel and Lodging Management Test); Paige Davidson and Valerie Wengryn (Business Law and Ethics Role Play); Samantha Dunn (Quick Serve Restaurant Management Role Play B); Greydon Tomkowitz (Human Resources Management Test and Role Play A); Rachel Gilliam and sophomore Sarah Gilliam (Advertising Campaign Test); juniors Alyssa George (Restaurant and Food Service Management Test and Role Play A); Connor Price (Food Marketing Role Play A and Role Play B); sophomore Brian Torles (Principles of Business Management Role Play B) and freshman Dan DelBene (Sports and Entertainment Role Play A).
Junior Alexis Schanck was elected to serve as the District 3 Representative for the 2018-2019 school year, and seniors Paige Davidson and Valerie Wengryn were selected to serve as Voting Delegates at the International Career Development Conference, voting for the next President and North Atlantic Region Vice President.  They will also be serving as Alternates in the Business Law and Ethics Team Event.
Scholarships were presented to seniors Paige Davidson (PA DECA Student of the Year Scholarship and PA DECA Scholarship) and Sabrina Tatalias (PA DECA Scholarship).
Bethel Park High School Marketing Teacher Emily Smoller was named the 2018 DECA Adviser of the Year.  She has been the Bethel Park High School DECA’s Adviser for the past 11 years.
This year, 103 Bethel Park High School students competed at States.   The students were prepared for this competition by Bethel Park High School Marketing Teachers Emily Smoller, Maria Christenson, Linda Broderick and Karrie Kinzel.
Please click here to see some photos from this year's State competition.  Congratulations to all of the Finalists and good luck to the State qualifiers at the International competition in Atlanta in April!