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DECA Students Finish Strong in Spring 2024

Students from the Niles North High School DECA Chapter competed in multiple spring events, finishing a very successful competitive season at the Illinois Career Development Conference (IL-CDC) in March 2024 and the DECA International Career Development Conference

(ICDC) in April 2024. Below are the highlights of this year’s accomplishments. Over 1,800 students competed at the state level and over 19,000 students attended ICDC. 

DECA Anaheim 2024

Individual Awards at ICDC in Anaheim

  • Top 20 Finalist in Accounting Applications Series – Shrey Dalal
  • Top 20 Finalists in Project Mgt. Financial Literacy – Eya Carmela Dalangin and Mohammad Makda
  • Top 10 Finalist in the Financial Cluster Exam in Financial Consulting Event – Jack Jaminski
  • Top 10 Finalist in Role Play in Principles of Business Management – Avery Ermel
  • Top 20% Competency in their events – Meera Sahrawat, Farah Tawfik, Paul Fuja, Brandon Nguyen, Stacey Nguyen, Mark Marcos, Ali Merchant, Cesar Vargas
  • Leadership Academy Graduates – Aarav Jain, Destiny Hatfield, Edessa Khamis, Yuvika Patel, Maxwell Rappaport, and Armana Rizwi
DECA students in Rosemont 2024

IL-CDC in Rosemont, IL 

  • State Champion – Shrey Dalal in Accounting Applications Series
  • State Champion – Meera Sahrawat in Financial Consulting Event
  • State Champion – Avery Ermel in Principles of Business Management
  • 2nd Place – Jack Jaminski in Financial Consulting Event; Shrey Dalal and Farah Tawfik in Financial Operations Research
  • 3rd Place – Mohammad Makda and Eya Carmela Dalangin in Project Management Financial Literacy; Paul Fuja, Brandon Nguyen, Stacey Nguyen in Sales Project; Mark Maros, Ali Merchant, Cesar Vargas in Integrated Marketing Product
  • 4th Place – Destiny Hatfield, Edessa Khamis, Yuvika Patel in Franchise Business Plan
  • Students Earning More Than One Medal/Trophy – Shrey Dalal, Aarav Jain, Rishi Malhotra, Meera Sahrawat
  • IFME Scholarship Finalist – Meera Sahrawat

Top 10 Medals – 46 students earned in both Written Events and Career Cluster Role Plays

Students earning at least one competency level in a cluster event – All 61 students in attendance

Chapter Awards at IL-CDC at IL-CDC in Rosemont

Community Service Campaign & Promotional Campaign – Thrive Level (only nine in the state) iConnect GOLD Level (fewer than 10 in the state)

Outstanding Advisor Award at IL-CDC in Rosemont

Jean Attig, Kara Mielke, Nick Pahl, Sara Torres (fewer than 20 in the state)

Niles North DECA is a co-curricular organization which serves over 95 students as an integral part of the classroom instructional program in the Business Education Department. Niles North DECA chapter activities contribute substantially to the primary purpose of school to develop well-educated citizens who have self-confidence, self-esteem, leadership ability, and an understanding of the American Free Enterprise System. Niles North DECA is sponsored by Jean Attig, Kara Mielke, Nick Pahl, and Sara Torres.