Milford/Great Oaks students compete in international marketing competition

Nine Marketing Management and Research juniors and seniors from Milford High School competed in several business and marketing events at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City this month, and one came home as an international finalist.

Maddy Bunnell and Vanesa Miracle competed in the Business Law & Ethics Team event. The teams of Nick Warwavesyn and Vince White, and Allyson Casey and Taylor Hawks competed in the Buying and Merchandising Team Event. Wyatt Gemmer competed in the Quick Serve Restaurant Operations Individual Series Event. Pooja Patel and Jaimee Anderson participated in the Creative Marketing Project.

The presidents from the Junior and Senior DECA classes also attended the conference to gain leadership skills. Senior officer Zach Kitzmiller attended the DECA Senior Management Institute where he got the opportunity to participate in a two day seminar where he met with business leaders from across the country in small round-table discussions to learn more about developing leadership and management skills as he transitions into college.

Junior officer Luke Ohnmeis participated in the Leadership Development Academy to improve his leadership skills as he prepares to compete for a DECA state officer position in 2012-2013.

“Although students did not progress into the final round of competition, they represented the Milford and Great Oaks Districts well as competition at the international level was fiercer than ever before,” said instructor Terri Rothfuss. “The experience was invaluable to all who attended and the juniors who got the opportunity to attend will be able to share their experience to help prepare their classmates in the future.”

The ICDC spotlighted DECA’s top performers from around the globe, as over 13,000 marketing students from across the United States, Canada, Guam, and Germany competed in 38 competitive events.

The annual ICDC highlights these emerging leaders as they tackle the challenges of a series of unique real-life business scenarios and competitions. DECA’s activities empower them to work as teams, experience leadership, engage their communities and demonstrate their academic and professional development.

This year, business icon George Zimmer, founder and chairman of Men’s Warehouse, provided words of wisdom to jump start the conference.