Aamir Abjani, Misha Gandhi, Michael (Dane) Nitoi, Marija Planinic, Isar Saxena, and Sutton Schwartz, seniors at Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois, are 6 of ONLY 39 students in the State of Illinois to be the recipients of the 2022 DECA National Emerging Leader Honor Award.
This award recognizes students studying marketing, finance, hospitality, entrepreneurship and management for an academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leader through participation in DECA. The award recipient must be a highly involved and accomplished DECA member in his/her/their senior year of high school who have maintained at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, have completed at least one course in marketing, business management and administration, entrepreneurship, finance or hospitality and tourism, and have participated in a variety of activities that helped them to become a community-oriented, professionally responsible and experienced leader.
DECA currently boasts over 175,000 worldwide members and less than 1,000 graduating seniors earned this honor. We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments. They are truly leaders among their very accomplished peers! The Niles North DECA chapter advisors are Jean Attig, Kara Mielke and Nick Pahl.
Pictured Left to Right:
Sutton Schwartz, Aamir Abjani, Misha Gandhi, Marija Planinic, Isar Saxena, Dane Nitoi
Sutton has committed to Indiana University in the Kelley School of Business in the fall with an intended major in Supply Chain Management. He is the son of Stacey and Bennet Schwartz of Skokie.
Aamir has committed to University of Illinois–Champaign/Urbana in the fall with an intended major in Marketing. He is the son of Shamira and Ghulam Abjani of Skokie.
Misha has committed to University of Illinois–Champaign/Urbana in the fall with an intended major in Business and Public Relations. She is the daughter of Reena and Kalpesh Gandhi of Skokie.
Marija has committed to the Ivy School of Business at Iowa State University in the fall with an undecided major in Business. She is the daughter of Vidoslava and Luke Planinic of Skokie.
Isar has committed to University of Illinois–Champaign/Urbana in the fall with an intended major in Mechanical Engineering. He is the son of Shalini and Anup Saxena of Morton Grove.
Dane has committed to the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall with an intended major in Finance. He is the son of Michele and Daniel Nitoi of Morton Grove.
DECA is a career and technical student organization composed of more than 250,000 students who are interested in careers in marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality or 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. DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. For more information about DECA, visit http://www.deca.org.