The Niles North High School DECA chapter competed in the IL-Career Development Conference on March 7 through 9 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Convention Center and Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. Over 1,500 students competed, making it the largest competitive conference in Illinois DECA history. DECA attracts individuals to productive careers in marketing, management, hospitality, finance, business administration, and sales and merchandising.
Niles North DECA is a co-curricular organization which serves 47 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, Nick Pahl, and Jenifer Sinnick.
This year’s national campaign of DECA “READY FOR IT” was exactly what this conference was for the Niles North DECA Chapter! Thirty-two students qualified from the North Suburban Area Conference in January and competed at this conference in various interactive role play and written project events with industry business executives from around the Chicagoland area.
All written projects involved the creation and application of various business concepts. Of the 32 competitors, 24 competed in both these 20-page projects with professional presentations. Students acted as entrepreneurs and managers in our student school-run business, DECAdent Delightz (milkshakes sold during the school day) in two different projects. In addition to this chapter-wide endeavor, students created and presented projects including: creation of both financial literacy and entrepreneurial curriculums taught to students in Israel, along with NN N-Code students and Junior Achievement students. Other projects proposed entrepreneurial ideas that might someday become real business and/or charities, created two public relations campaigns to help create awareness of issues faced by Niles North students, created marketing plans for various events and services offered within our community, and created Cause Marketing Campaigns for local businesses.
The next level of competition is the DECA International Career and Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Florida held April 25 through 29. Over 18,000 students from each of the 50 states, the U.S. Territories, Canada and other international regions will attend this conference to compete in various business-related events and attend leadership academies.
Special Niles North DECA Chapter highlights:
The Niles North DECA Chapter earned THREE Chapter Awards at the conference
- Community Service Campaign — Achievement Level (only two in the state)
- Superstar Chapter (only 25 in the state)
- Chapter Membership Increase of 10% or More
Two students were recognized as IFME $1,000 Scholarship Winners: Sarah Feroz and Samuel Schwartz
All NNDECA competitors earned at least one honor/award at this year’s IL-CDC.
The Niles North DECA Advisors earned the following honors at the conference:
2019 Illinois DECA Marketing Educator of the Year — Jean Attig
Illinois DECA Retiree/20+ Years of Service — Mary Nagelvoort
DECA Outstanding Chapter Advisor — Jean Attig
Illinois DECA First Year of Service — Nick Pahl
The following students have qualified for the ICDC in Orlando: Prasanna Bharatia, Sarah Feroz and Yayha Salih, First place, Learn and Earn Project Written Event; Sarah Feroz, Samuel Schwartz and Sutton Schwartz, Third place, Financial Literacy Promotion Plan Written Event; Sean Quiroz and Peter Warda, Third place, Sports and Entertainment Operations Research Written Event; Samuel Schwartz, Third place, Human Resources Management Series Role Play; and Romesa Amiwala, Sai Kanishk Bathina and Kamran Khan, Fourth place, Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan Written Event.
Top 10 Finishers: Sarah Feroz, Business Services Marketing Series; Aby James, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism; Anya Taliaferro, Creative Marketing Project, Kimberly Maltos, Creative Marketing Project; Tina Bojinov, Integrated Marketing Campaign – Service; Alicia Fabella, Public Relations Project; Deyi Lin, Public Relations Project; Kaitlyn Homa, Public Relations Project and Sarah Rupani, Public Relations Project.
Excellence/Competency-Based Honors: Aamir Abjani, Romesa Amiwala, Sai Kanishk Bathina, Prasanna Bharatia, Tina Bojinov, Faiza Desai, Alicia Fabella, Sarah Feroz, Kitlyn Homa, Aby James, Arman Kapoor, Irma Khan, Beyi Lin, Kimberly Maltos, Simran Mithani, Anuj Patel, Henil Patel, Khush Patel, Malav Patel, Prcahi Patel, Vincent Pi, Marija Planinic, Sean Quiroz, Ammara Qureshi, Natalie Rodriguez, Sarah Rupani, Yahya Salih, Samuel Schwartz, Sutton Schwartz and Peter Warda.