Northshore earns 70 invitations to DECA International Conference
Paul Glenovich couldn’t be happier with the results of his team at the recent DECA state competition.
Woodinville High School sent 83 students to the event at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue earlier this month. They competed in 25 different areas, including hotel and lodging management, financial services, retail merchandising, restaurant management, business finance, travel and tourism marketing, business law and ethics and sports and entertainment marketing, among others.
“We were recognized as the largest chapter in the state for the first time,” comments Glenovich. “And we have 30 students who qualified for the international competition in April in Salt Lake City, which is great!”
The longtime WHS marketing teacher has been involved in the DECA program for the past 15 years. He and another WHS instructor, Thomas Rockwood, are responsible for teaching eight classes of marketing at the school.
This year, 230 students registered for the program, a number, according to Glenovich, that has remained fairly consistent over the last five years.
About half continue on in the program to take the advanced level marketing course. Of those, another half will do a third year, enrolling in either marketing management or retail operations.
“Those who do a third year make a strong commitment,” comments Glenovich. “They have to work hard to find a place for the class in their tight and very full schedules. They are obviously very motivated students and have a real interest in the subject.”
All of the students must participate in at least the DECA area competition in order to meet class requirements.
If they do well at the event, they have the opportunity to compete at the state level.
In order to make it to the international level, they need to place in the top six of their specific event.
“Woodinville, as well as Inglemoor, always does well at the competitions,” says Glenovich. “We have strong teams and we are consistently in the top five schools in the nation. No one has brought home more awards than our two schools.”
Glenovich attributes the success of the schools’ teams to the support students get from the community.
He adds, “We have a strong community of supporters that we can call upon to help prepare the kids, act as practice judges and be there to assist during the events. This network is so important to the kids.”
In Glenovich’s opinion, it is the practice sessions in particular for those students headed to the International event that are key to student success at this high level of competition. He explains that the students role-play with the practice judges, who give them immediate constructive feedback.
Any parent or adult community member interested in sharing their knowledge and serving as in this capacity is welcome to participate.
Glenovich adds, “Each year, about 80 parents get involved in the competitions from area to nationals. We even have several parents from previous graduating classes who devote their time, which always amazes me. It takes so many people to produce a DECA award winner and our community champions their effort.”
The veteran teacher sees firsthand how invaluable the DECA experience is for students. He notes that instilling confidence and improving communication skills are two of the most significant benefits of the program.
“When these kids compete, they learn how to articulate their ideas and thoughts to adults, who question them about their projects and their research. They get more comfortable in presenting themselves and their work and this gives them confidence, which then transfers to other situations outside of class. They walk out of here knowing they can sell themselves effectively. The confidence and the improved communication give them a leg up in life. It’s the key to success.” He adds, “I consider myself fortunate that I get to see these kids grow and change. As a teacher, this is the most rewarding part of my job.”
Northshore students earned 70 invitations to the upcoming DECA International Career and Development Conference:
Woodinville High School:
Alex Lazear, Hotel & Lodging Management
Christine Horne/Parker Moore, Financial Services Team
Harrison Van Til, Retail Merchandising
Kaitlin Siemering, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
Kennedy Whalen, Food Marketing
Lucas Reller, Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Matthias Argenyi, Business Finance
Madison Jones/Kelsea Orren, Buying & Merchandising Team
Cristal McClure/Mary Cochran, Business Law & Ethics Team
Joyce Tang/Maaike Tiersma, Marketing Communications Team
Kenny Raymond, Entrepreneurship Written
Nate Howatson, Food Marketing
Noah An, Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan
Reagan Quigley, Professional Selling
Mike Hurdelbrink/Jack Sturgeon, Financial Services Team
Tyler Fox, Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Bailey Blakemore, Automotive Services Marketing
Kalei Munsell, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
Trey Fornelius, Retail Merchandising,
Megan Ellis, Automotive Services Marketing
Ashley Barnett, Entrepreneurship Participating
Carter Wittington, Professional Selling
Christian Gonzalez/Cameron Exelby, Travel & Tourism Marketing Team
Haley Fay, Business Services Marketing
Inglemoor High School:
Megh Vakharia, Quick Serve Restaurant
Emmeline Vu/Brian Moran, Hospitality Services
Jordan Willis/Jordan Duffield, Travel & Tourism
Jordan Alfaro, Entrepreneurship Independent
Alex Yang/Stuart Yang, Advertising Campaign
Megan Rigby, Entrepreneurship Franchise
Lori VerMurlen, Auto Services
Rachel Grudt, Business Finance
Josey Buck, Hotel & Lodging
Lisa Malloy, Fashion Merchandising
Shane Buller/Kathleen Zhou, Buying & Merchandising
Winston Lee/Deepak Sharma, Financial Services
Garrett Lemieux, Human Resources
Jasmine Clark/Mac Abdi, Business Law & Ethics
Lauren Templeton/Michael Lewis, Marketing Communications
Brian Moran/Emmeline Vu, Hospitality & Tourism Operations
Megh Vakharia/Deepak Sharma, Sports & Entertainment Operations
Sarah MacDonald, Professional Selling
Sara Tari, Accounting
Ali Darvish, Hotel & Lodging
Hunter Mcdonald, Marketing Management
JD White, Restaurant & Food Service
Tanner Mills, Retail Merchandising
Marc Lotorto/Ben Baxter, Business Law & Ethics
Ryan Johnson/Brian Cullinan, Buying & Merchandising
Dan Holt/Jonanthan Meiusi, Marketing Communications
Dan Briggs/Janie Reid, Marketing Communications
Gina Lee, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling
Bothell High School:
Katie Arneson/Rachel Fillman, Buying & Merchandising
Zach Anderson/Kayla Brady/Tori Momb, Chapter Awards Project (CAP)