By Paul Schmitt
Gibraltar High School was perfect at State DECA Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva last week. The event saw over 1,300 marketing students compete in 46 different events. Gibraltar who had seven students compete in nine different events is believed to be the only school in Wisconsin to achieve 100% in the earning awards, according to DECA advisor Mary Witteborg. Topher Anderson, who along with Nathan Surges, presented and placed second with their e-tailing business proposal for an Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan which simulated the popular TV show Shark Tank explains what impressed the judges.
Four Gibraltar students will now move on to the International Competition that will be in Anaheim, California at the end of April.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GIBRALTAR DECA COMPETITORS ARE SEVEN FOR SEVEN IN STATE COMPETITION
Four Advance to International Competition
Over 1,300 Marketing Education Students were involved in 46 different competitive events at the State DECA Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva last week. Gibraltar had seven students competing in nine different events. All seven students earned state awards, which is belived to be the only school in Wisconsin to achieve 100% earning awards.
Freshman Brandon Stillman earned was a medalist in the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism role play event. Senior Brandon Emery-Janzen earned a medal in the marketing exam and placed in the top 10 for his Advertising Campaign. Nathan Surges earned a medal for his role play in Apparel and Accessores. Two students competed in Business Finance; Connor Moore earned a medal in one of his role plays and Topher Andersen earned a medal in a role play and place in the top ten in Business Finance Series.
Four students advance to the International Competition the last week in April. Amber Kelly and Alexis Schnick documented the Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade & Benefit for their Community Service Project. Their 30 page manual details the planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating process of project management. Their oral presentation, along with the written event, earned them 3rd Place in the State of Wisconsin in the Community Service Project event.
Topher Andersen and Nathan Surges presented an e-tailing business proposal for their Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan earning 2nd in the State of Wisconsin. Similar to Shark Tanks, they presented a business proposal seeking investment capital for a share of the business.
In addition to individual and team champions, the Gibraltar DECA Chapter earned six state awards in Community Service; Acts of Kindness, 100 Hours, Trick or Can, MDA, Make a Wish and an overall Diamond Award for outstanding commitment to community.
Special thanks to local mentors Lynn Herman, Christine Salman, Claudia Scimeca, Teri Berndt and Mert Larsen for helping students prepare their projects and presentations. Gibraltar continues to provide business experiences for students in marketing, entrepreneurship, and management through their GBAY school store operation, leadership development conferences, business involvement and competition experiences. Advisor, Mary Witteborg, applauds her students for their commitment and knows these young people will continue caring and giving back to the community, as so many businesses and individuals do in Door County.
Photo: Front L-R: Alexis Schnick, Amber Kelly and Nathan Surges.
Back: Connor Moore, Brandon Emery-Janzen, Topher Andersen and Brandon Stillman