Guerin Catholic High School students Nick Gallina and Kyle Lyons were Top 10 Gold Medal award winners at the recent International DECA Conference.
This year, 120,000 students competed for international awards and scholarships as emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. After district and state competitions, 16,000 students earned a spot at the International DECA Competition in Anaheim, Calif. at the end of April. Guerin Catholic High School qualified nine team members at the Indiana State DECA Competition in Indianapolis in February.
Gallina and Lyons earned medals in the first round of competition and an invitation to compete in the final round at the international conference. Both students earned top 10 Gold Medals in the final round representing Guerin Catholic High School – District 5 (Hamilton County) and the State of Indiana – Gallina in Human Resource Management and Lyons in the Stock Market Game.
Also competing for Guerin Catholic were Libby Gonzalas and Meg Nowak, Sports and Entertainment Marketing; Nora Sego and Abby Trusler, Buying and Merchandising; Matt Kuhlman, Business Service Marketing; and Matt Kauffman and Marlon Tessarzyk, Business Law and Ethics.
DECA competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. In addition to career‐based competition, DECA members engaged in leadership academies and networking opportunities with more than 60 internationally recognized businesses. Nearly $500,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co‐curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.