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7 OCHS students advance to DECA nationals

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Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 11:08 am

OCEAN CITY – Several Ocean City High School students participated in the New Jersey DECA competition Feb. 21-23.

Seven of these students advanced to the national competition and will move on to compete against students from across the country. The winning students from OCHS were seniors Maria Farnan, Josh Childs, Patrick Cusack, Emily Rutter, Isabella Ritzel and Jack Hanely, and junior John Salkeld.  

DECA is national organization at the high school and college level. DECA’s focus is on business and entrepreneurship. Students involved in the club at OCHS learn different business skills, participate in community events and projects, and take part in competitions. The students also sell bagels on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school to raise money for their club and as a business project. According to the club’s faculty advisor at OCHS, DECA teaches students to thick quickly and is good practice for interviews and business situations.

In the recent New Jersey state DECA competition, winning students placed in either first, second, or third place in their respective events. The competition is broken into many different events covering a wide range of topics, such as marketing, decision-making, and business operations. The students take a one hundred question test that counts as 50 percent of their overall score. The other 50 percent of their score is based on a role-playing scenario where students are given a business design scenario and allowed some time to prepare. They are then judged on how well they prepared and presented.

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