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Nine students qualify for upcoming DECA State Competitions in March

Get to know the process of being selected as a State Competitor in DECA

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From the left, seniors Alyson Koh, Gabbie Perk, Olivia Harning and Mara Wilder pose at the DECA district competition.

From the left, seniors Alyson Koh, Gabbie Perk, Olivia Harning and Mara Wilder pose at the DECA district competition.

Courtesy of Mara Wilder & Olivia Harning

Courtesy of Mara Wilder & Olivia Harning

From the left, seniors Alyson Koh, Gabbie Perk, Olivia Harning and Mara Wilder pose at the DECA district competition.

Ellie Hamilton, Staff Writer

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With smart outfits and on the spot questions about all things business,  DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) is an international association for high school and college students to compete in different business events.

There are nine state competition qualifiers from Portage Central, junior Mariana Koffend, senior Alyson Koh, senior Olivia Harning , senior Mara Wilder, junior Michaela Simino, sophomore Ethan Lee, senior Caleb Calnin, junior Grace Hovda and senior Asfand Khan.  

“[In DECA] There are competitions in business management, entrepreneurship, marketing, finance and all sorts of other types of business subjects,” junior Mariana Koffend said. This is Koffend’s first year of participating in DECA at Portage Central High School, and she has qualified for state competition in the “Principles of Business Management and Administration” event.

To become a state qualifier, each student took an exam before the district-level competition based on what event they had chosen to participate in. They then are given a roleplay scenario in which they have 10 minutes to prepare. Following this preparation period, the contestants go in front of a judge who asks for their solution to the roleplay problem. Afterwards, they ask the students a few more questions to which they come up with answers on the spot.

Courtesy of Mara Wilder & Olivia Harning
Seniors Mara Wilder and Olivia Harning have been competing in DECA since freshman year, and will be competing in state competitions together in March.

“My favorite part of DECA is getting to feel like a businesswoman,” Koffend said. “with the outfits we get to wear, the blazers and having to think on the spot with information I’m not familiar with, it’s a fun challenge that reflects how the real working world is.”

“My favorite part about DECA was being able to do an event with one of my best friends,” said Mara Wilder. Close friends Wilder and Olivia Harning participated in the “Marketing Management” event, and received the second place title in the district competition. This achievement gave them the qualifications to advance into the state competition.  

All nine qualifiers, including Wilder and Harning are hard at work in preparation for the upcoming DECA state competition.

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