- Bus #3 – Central Woodlands, Central Middle, Central High
- Bus #6 – Northern Trails, Northern Hills Middle, Northern High
- Bus #8 – Pine Ridge Elementary, Central Middle, Central High
- Bus #11 – Knapp Forest Elementary, Eastern Middle, Eastern High
- Bus #13 – Pine Ridge, Northern Hills Middle, Northern High
- Bus #23 – Meadow Brook Elementary, Eastern Middle, Eastern High
- Bus #89 – Thornapple Elementary, Central Middle, Central High
- Bus #91 – Ada Elementary, Eastern Middle, Eastern High
-Adapted from a story by Nisha Rajakrishna, The Central Trend: On the road to Detroit, marketing teacher Kristin O’Brien and her dozens of DECA students excitedly traveled to take part in the DECA state competition. Surrounded by nearly four thousand students that were equally dedicated to business studies, the school’s true passion for the subject shone through when student after student was called up to the stage to advance to the next round. Students could choose two routes to compete in DECA: projects or roleplays. Roleplay candidates had to first compete at districts to advance and were given a short amount of time to prepare and present an idea, involving spontaneous thinking and creativity. Project students bypassed districts and went straight to states. These projects spanned from five to 30 pages long and involved meeting up with a local company and professionally discussing and analyzing market plans. “[DECA is about] building confidence, being able to take your ideas and confidently communicate them to a judge, applying what you’ve learned in a classroom setting, and showing the judge how much you know and how in tune you are with [the world],” O’Brien said.
“I think I can speak for Jayme (Buchanan) from FHE and Kristin (O’Brien) from FHC when I say that we are so proud of all of our students,” said Brian Johnson, Forest Hills Northern High School DECA coach. “All of the students represented Forest Hills Public Schools in an extremely positive manner. The students conducted themselves as young professionals, networked with other students and adults from across the state, and had a ton of fun.”
Congratulations to the following students on their accomplishments.
DECA FHC State Champions
Retail Merchandising – Sarah Obermeyer
Sports and Entertainment Marketing – Will Kuiper
Sports and Entertainment Marketing – Jace Thornton and Elijah Gurley
Entrepreneurship Start-Up Business Plan – Tristan Kerr, Max Mairn, and Jordan Wintrich
Innovation Business Plan – Ben Finkelstein, Irene Yi, and Arshon Saadati
Additional FHC Recognition: High Test Score – Economics: Arshon Sadaati. High Test Score – Sports & Entertainment Marketing: Emily Obermeyer. State Finalists (Runner-Up): Andrea Wang and Lilly Wang – Creative Marketing Plan.
DECA FHN State Champions
Financial Literacy Promotion Plan – Sophia Warren and Sam Paradiso
Additional FHN Recognition: Hursh Motwani won a medal in the Math Exam. Raza Ali received a medal in the Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan Comprehensive Exam. Hursh Motwani, Harsimran Sandhu, and Ekam Motwani were State Finalists in the Independent Business Plan Written Event.
DECA FHE State Finalist
Food Marketing Series – Jessica Armstrong
To read the complete story about FHC’s DECA team, go online with The Central Trend, thecentraltrend.com.