Overlea High Students Qualify For International Competition
Eight Overlea students earned first or second place in the State Career Development Conference earlier this month.
A group of Overlea High School students earned the right to compete on the international stage in April when they won first and second place at the Maryland DECA State Career Development Conference earlier this month.
The students, part of Overlea High School's DECA program, competed against more than 200 kids from high schools around Maryland on Mar. 7 and 8 at the DECA State Career Development Conference in Annapolis, according to Keisha Maddox, Overlea High's Business Department Chairperson.
The students who placed either first or second in their respective competitions will be able to represent Baltimore County in the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA, held from April 23-27.
Those students and the competitions they placed in are:
- Belen Dadicho and Jeremy Sams, who took second place in the Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making Marketing competition.
- Mary Rose Pedron and Kelly Bohman, who took first place in the Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making Marketing competition.
- Kara Davis, who took second place in the Hotel and Lodging Management competition.
- Austin Newcomb, who took second place in the Automotive Services Management competition.
- Cody Schmidt and Tyler Oleszczuk, who took second place in the Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making Marketing competition.
Students had to complete a one-hundred question exam and prepare a presentation for a judge regarding an issue in business specific to marketing, Maddox wrote in an email.
DECA is a non-profit organization focused on preparing "merging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe," according to the organization's website.