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Braves advance to DECA State Competition


By Indian Hill High School Senior Emily Singer
This past January and February, 67 Indian Hill High School (IHHS) students flooded UC Clermont ready to tackle real-world marketing needs. Dressed in blazers, button downs, and professional attire, the students were eager to show what it means to be Brave at the DECA District Competition. 

“The DECA District Competition is an opportunity for students to showcase their problem-solving skills in business and marketing by presenting ideas they have developed to professionals in the business while competing with other schools in the area,” said Indian Hill High School marketing teacher Susan Schonauer.

Indian Hill High School DECA proved very successful as 50 out of the 67 students who participated in the District Competition are advancing to the State Competition held in Columbus during the weekend of March 16.

“I loved seeing my friends competing and seeing their hard work pay off when they got to hold the trophy and advance to state,” said IHHS DECA Treasurer Brian Lewis.

At the DECA State Competition, IHHS DECA President Madeline Major will be competing in the Financial Literacy Chapter Event alongside IHHS DECA Secretary Merritt McMullen. The two have been focused on educating third-grade students at Indian Hill Elementary School on the foundations of finance.

“I am excited to present our ideas to professionals and receive meaningful feedback to improve our project,” said Major. “After working hard and doing various activities, it is always fun to finally get to show what you have created and be proud of the work you have accomplished.”

IHHS DECA students hope to advance to the International DECA Competition which will be held in Orlando, Florida.

Photo caption: Indian Hill High School DECA chapter during the DECA District Competition.