According to 14-year WHS DECA advisor Paul Glenovich, 28 Falcon students competed in 18 of 21 possible marketing events and sent a remarkable 17 students to the finals. Out of the 17 finalists, 16 placed in the top 10 category.
"Seventeen (students) is a big number but not unusual for us," Glenovich said. "We had 20 one year and I think 17 is the third highest number ever. And to have 16 make the top 10 is pretty impressive."
Amanda Coba earned second place honors in Restaurant and Food Service Marketing. Anja Trost placed third in Retail Merchandising.
Other top 10 performers were the team of Keegan Sullens and Jessica Butler in Travel & Tourism; Alex McCarthy and Jenna Morrison in Hospitality; Jack Sturgeon and Mike Hurdelbrink in Financial Services; Maddie Jones and Kelsea Orren in Buying and Merchandising; Hailey Bazlen in Professional Selling; Courtney Christie in Apparel & Accessories; Kaitlin Siemering in Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan; Mikaela Gallagher in Sports & Entertainment; Evan Pulse in Food Marketing and AJ Levine in Automotive Services Marketing.
More than 14,000 high school students, advisors, business persons and alumni converged in Orlando for the conference that is the culminating highlight of the DECA season.
In between the competition and the rigorous practice sessions the WHS contingent found time to tour Disney World, including Universal Studios and "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park, Glenovich said.
"We had a little time to do some of those fun things and the kids really enjoyed the Harry Potter exhibit."
Next year’s DECA conference will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah.