Clay students among 1st-place winners at DECA competition

Press Staff Writer

        Almost 20 high school students were awarded scholarships to Terra State Community College at the Independent Association (IA) DECA competition held Oct. 28.
        More than 100 high school students from Clay High School, EHOVE Career Center, Fostoria High School and Port Clinton High School visited Terra State to compete in the IA DECA competition.
        DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
        Students were given a business case study that contained a typical problem that businesses face. Individuals or teams then presented their ideas to judges, which consisted of local business people, said Michele Hollister, a marketing teacher at Fostoria High School and a DECA competition organizer.
        After a morning of competition and campus tours, 17 students won first place and were each awarded a $500 Terra State scholarship on behalf of the Terra College Foundation.
        Among the first-place winners were Clay High School students Dakota Crick, winning honors in the Management Series; and Marketing Team members Alex Manthey, Arianna Guillen and McKenna Owens.
        Hollister is happy students were awarded scholarships. “Anything that assists students with their college debt is great,” she said. “A scholarship may help sway their decision to begin with a community college and then move on to a four-year institution if their career choice requires it.”
        Executive Director of the Terra College Foundation Cory Stine said, “It was a pleasure having the DECA participants at Terra State. It’s wonderful to see future business professionals participating in competitions focusing on real-world issues.”
        Deana Sievert, of Graytown, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Sievert was initiated at The Ohio State University.
        Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.
Scholarship awardee
        Youngstown State University has awarded Scholarships for Excellence to more than 1,000 students new to YSU this Fall Semester. Local awardees included Karina Seem, of Gibsonburg,
        A Gibsonburg High School graduate who is studying Pre-Nursing at YSU, Seem was awarded a Red and White Scholarship, valued at $2,000.
Academic honors
        Noah Smith of Luckey, is one of the 99 University of Arkansas at Little Rock student-athletes who have earned Sun Belt academic honors for the 2018-2019 academic year.
        Smith played track and field/cross country and was named to the Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll (3.0+ GPA).


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