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WBHS DECA Earns 72 State Awards

Recently, 72 students from the West Bloomfield High School DECA chapter attended the State Career Development Conference in Detroit, Michigan. This was a weekend-long leadership and business conference and competition. West Bloomfield performed admirably with 55 state finalists and 31 qualifiers for the International Career Development Conference.

In order to move on to the International conference, students had to place high enough at the DECA State Career Development Conference event, held at Cobo Hall in Detroit. This weekend West Bloomfield High School competed against 4,200 marketing students from schools across the state.

Below are the students who will represent West Bloomfield School District in the International Competition:

  • Yasmin Bangura, (12), Sports and Entertainment Operations Research Event
  • Lyndsey Bruce, (11), Business Operations Research Event
  • Aaryan Chandna, (9), Principles of Business Management
  • Zachary Crawford, (12), Community Service Project
  • Patrick Dabish, (12), Sports and Entertainment Operations Research Project
  • Paul Gagnon, (12), Virtual Business Challenge Sports
  • Cole Hall, (11), Virtual Business Challenge Sports
  • Samuel Hughes, (11), Virtual Business Challenge Sports
  • Kyler Hwa, (11), Virtual Business Challenge Fashion
  • Unser Jaffry, (11), Business Growth Plan
  • Aryan Kamath, (11), Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Tejas Kode, (12), Virtual Business Challenge Fashion
  • Abhi Kumar, (12), Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling
  • Bhargavi Kurakula, (12), Sports and Entertainment Marketing Operations Research Event
  • Lara Mathias, (11), Creative Marketing Project
  • Isaac Mintz, (11), Retail Marketing
  • Jacob Nafso, (11), Business Operations Research
  • Shannon Osborne, (12), International Business Plan
  • Nina Perry, (12), Sports and Entertainment Marketing Operations Research Event
  • Jay Rubin, (12), Creative Marketing Project
  • Abby Schell, (12), Creative Marketing Project
  • Ilana Schwartz, (11), Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Sverre Sears, (11), Virtual Business Challenge Sports
  • Sahith Shankar, (10), Hotel and Lodging Management
  • Isabella Sheena, (12), Sports and Entertainment Marketing Operations Research
  • Marisa Silver, (11), Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Bradley Simtob, (12), Virtual Business Challenge Sports
  • Brian Synowiec, (11), Creative Marketing Project
  • Sarah Tomkovic, (12), Community Service Project
  • Alec Vincent, (12), Virtual Business Challenge Sports
  • Taylor Zrepskey, (11), Business Operations Research

On Friday, West Bloomfield DECA members arrived at The Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center in
Detroit. Over 4,200 students then gathered into their respective categories for a briefing on their
competition. Each student was issued an event time slot. In the evening students attended the opening
session among 4,200 of the top marketing students in Michigan. During the session, fourteen WBHS
students were recognized for earning first place in Michigan in the Knowledge Matters Virtual Business
Challenge.

Eight of these students beat out 44,000 competitors from across the country to earn one of
sixteen spots for the live competition held in April.

  • Zachery Crawford, (12), Virtual Business Challenge Hotel
  • Neville Kallabat, (12), Virtual Business Challenge Hotel
  • Nolan Beaty, (12), Virtual Business Challenge Hotel
  • Kyler Hwa, (11), Virtual Business Challenge Fashion - ICDC qualifier
  • Tejas Kode, (11), Virtual Business Challenge Fashion- ICDC qualifier
  • Paul Gagnon, (12), Virtual Business Challenge Sports- ICDC qualifier
  • Alec Vincent, (12), Virtual Business Challenge Sports- ICDC qualifier
  • Bradley Simtob, (12), Virtual Business Challenge Sports -ICDC qualifier
  • Samuel Hughes, (11), Virtual Business Challenge Sports- ICDC qualifier
  • Cole Hall, (11), Virtual Business Challenge Sports- ICDC qualifier
  • Sverre Sears, (11), Virtual Business Challenge Sports-ICDC qualifier

Saturday included another round of competitions, and a chapter group activity at PunchBowl Social.
This was followed by a West Bloomfield High School chapter dinner at Andiamo’s and evening
entertainment at Cobo Hall. During the evening two of our students were recognized for earning one of
the top 10 scores in the math and economics exam among the conference competitors.

  • Aaryan Chandna, (9), Mathematics Exam
  • Brian Synowiec, (11), Economics Exam

The weekend ended with the awards ceremony on Sunday, where students were recognized for
outstanding performances for online testing, role play presentations and written research reports with
oral presentations.

In addition to those students mentioned above, the following students were top 10 finalists in their
competition category:

  • Taylor Patterson, (12), Business Operations Research
  • Noah Klepaski, (10), Business Services Marketing
  • Max Barash, (11), Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan
  • Sam Carlin, (11), Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan
  • Ayushi Uppal, (11), Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan
  • Anna Bai, (12), Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research
  • Lindsey Azu, (12), Business Finance Services
  • Priyal Shah, (12), Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research
  • Morgan Barbat, (11), Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Carli Bordelove, (11), Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Jordan Chase, (11), Integrated Marketing Campaign Event
  • Sumaiya Asghar, (11), Integrated Marketing Campaign Service
  • Quade Feller, (11), Integrated Marketing Campaign Service
  • Chloe Marcou, (11), Integrated Marketing Campaign Service
  • Alex Aisner, (11), Quick Serve Restaurant Management
  • Adaeze Njoku, (12), Retail Marketing

“The feeling when all your hard work finally pays off is unbelievable. Getting called up for nationals felt,
and still feels like a dream.” - Aryan Kamath, (11), Integrated Marketing Campaign Event

About West Bloomfield High School DECA-
DECA is an International Competitive Business Organization that prepares emerging leaders and
entrepreneurs in four fields of business: marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Our DECA
chapter integrates classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business, and promotes
competition in order to prepare the next generation to be academically prepared, community oriented,
professionally responsible, and experienced leaders. Students enrolled in Growing your Business I & II,
Marketing, Sports and Entertainment Marketing or Advanced Marketing, Accounting, Advanced
Placement Micro and Macroeconomics or Fashion have an opportunity to participate in the West
Bloomfield DECA club.