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Hillcrest DECA members thrive at state

Pictured are Hillcrest High School DECA members.  |  Supplied photo

Pictured are Hillcrest High School DECA members. | Supplied photo

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Updated: May 1, 2014 6:24AM



Hillcrest High School DECA Chapter members recently did well in the State Career Development Conference in Decatur, according to a press release from the Country Club Hills school.

Students utilized a variety of methods and models to measure their knowledge and skills through the process of completing multiple-choice economics and career cluster examinations; in addition, participants engaged in two problem-solving-based role plays in the various business environments, the release said.

This year’s participants were Robynn Alsup, Gsha Branch, Rayvon Cooper, Jasmyn Dixon, James Dominiak, Diavontay Elliott, Moriah Flowers, Anthony Harper, Kalila Hunter, Reggie Johnson, Tazjanae Johnson, Ogechi Oparah, Kala Stewart and Keioni Taylor.

DECA is the only international student organization operating through the nations’ schools to attract young people to careers in marketing, management, merchandising and entrepreneurship, according to the press release. Its purposes are to develop a respect for education that will contribute to occupational competence, and to promote understanding and appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship in our free, competitive enterprise system, the release said.

The purpose of the State Career Development Conference is to provide worthwhile activities to assist students in career development as they prepare to be marketing leaders of tomorrow, the release said.

Hillcrest DECA junior Ogechi Oparah said in the release, “I gained an array of skills from my experience at the DECA competition. I’ve also obtained a life lesson which I believe will only further me as a student. The skill-building I learned effectively allowed me to interact with fellow business associates and students from many backgrounds. As life lessons go, I learned to never give up on the pursuit of knowledge, competitive spirit, and remain humble in all my efforts.”

For more information about the Hillcrest High School DECA Chapter, email advisor Mike Cicirale at MCicirale@bhsd228.com.

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