D38 DECA students demonstrate business mastery at state competition

Three D38 students earned state championships at the 2022 state DECA competition in March. Palmer Ridge High School students Danielle Day, Nicole Day and James Baumert each earned state championship titles for coming in first place in their Marketing Management Team and Sports and Entertainment Marketing projects respectively.

More than 80 D38 students competed in the statewide competition, with 65 students competing from Palmer Ridge High School and 16 competing on behalf of Lewis-Palmer High School. Dozens came away with some form of award or recognition.

“First and most importantly, I must say that our students represented. Not just in competition, but as respectful and mature young adults throughout,” said Courtney Bushnell, PRHS DECA adviser.

The winners and finalists from Palmer Ridge include:

State Champion1stDanielleDayMarketing Management Team
State Champion1stNicoleDayMarketing Management Team
State Champion1stJamesBaumertSports and Entertainment Marketing
2ndMackenzieCulverApparel and Accessories Marketing
2ndClaireDeedsTravel and Tourism Team
2ndCarlyHanneyTravel and Tourism Team
5thDanielleDayIndependent Business Plan
5thNicoleDayIndependent Business Plan
5thRileyMarrPrinciples of Finance
5thMaxPaulikBusiness Operations Research – Sports and Entertainment
5thEthanTwesmeBusiness Operations Research – Sports and Entertainment
6thMadelineCumpApparel and Accessories Marketing

Finalists from Palmer Ridge include:

Finalist/AlternateAvaConnellyIntegrated Marketing Campaign – Event
Finalist/AlternateAidanFletcherFinancial Services Team
Finalist/AlternateEthanHultingFinancial Services Team
Finalist/AlternateJillianGallagherHospitality Services Team
Finalist/AlternateAnisaHajibrahimHospitality Services Team
Finalist/AlternateErinKaelinHospitality Services Team
Finalist/AlternateJordanKolhouseHospitality Services Team
Finalist/AlternateClaraParkHospitality Services Team
Finalist/AlternateGraceCarlanderHuman Resources Management
Finalist/AlternateKayleeClineMarketing Communications
Finalist/AlternateLiliannaNonoBusiness Operations Research – Hospitality and Tourism
Finalist/AlternateJamiePittnerRestaurant and Food Service
Finalist/AlternateAshleyHardmanInternational Business Plan

At Lewis-Palmer High School, which is deliberately rebuilding a DECA program under Byron Trop, 16 students competed and represented a building block for the future of the program.

“Four of our students qualified for event finals. Anna Grothe qualified in Hotel Management. Sammie Weese, Alyssa Brainard and Maya Schelger made their event final for the Business Operations Research Project. Please congratulate them on a job well done,” said Trop.

Both Lewis-Palmer High School and Palmer Ridge High School received district recognition for their efforts and successes at the March 14 Board of Education meeting.

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