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GLHS DECA Students Take Top Honors at Regional Competition

GLHS DECA take top honors at regionals
Entire Team to Compete at Statewide Convention Mar. 15-16, 2013

The Gahanna Lincoln High School DECA Chapter swept top categories in a recent regional competition, bringing home 19 medals — from each of the 19 event categories, including 10 first-place honors!

Image: 2012-13 GLHS DECA Team

2012-2013 Gahanna Lincoln High School DECA Chapter

The 26-member team proudly display awards from a January 2013 regional competition at the Easton Towne Center, Columbus.

The multiple individual and team award recognitions (detailed below) set the 26-member Gahanna Lincoln team apart as the only one of the 16 high schools within the Ohio DECA’s District-8/Central Region whose full roster were awarded medals. Ohio DECA is made up of more than 180 programs statewide. As top winners, all 26 GLHS DECA students will go on to compete at the 69th annual Ohio DECA State Career Development Conference, March 15-16, 2013, at the Columbus Convention Center.

First Place
Brooke Motsinger, Megan Barrick: Business Law & Ethics
Courtney Henderson: Business Services Marketing
Emily Jadwin:* Marketing Management
Emily Resch, Kaitlyn Mackall: Buying & Merchandising
Jenny Huynh, Olivia Schuymacher: Financial Services
Jordan Pack, Sara Nelson: Marketing & Communications
Joy Okeke: Apparel & Accessories Marketing
Maddie Marquez, Kathleen Carley: Hospitality Services
Lindsay McIlwain: Restaurant & Food Service Management
Bret Hof: Automotive Services Marketing
  Second Place
Beth Coccia, Kari Weinland: Travel & Tourism
Casey Mers: Human-Resource Management
Ellis Johnstone: Hotel & Lodging Management
Mollie Chokreff: Principles of Marketing

Third Place
Aaron Thomas: Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Jenna Rajczyk: Retail Merchandising
Meredith Rowe: Quick Service Restaurant Management
Adam Rocca: Food Marketing

Fifth Place
Alex Delp, Nate Strong: Sports & Entertainment Marketing
*Emily also serves as the 2012-2013 Ohio DECA Secretary/Treasurer

DECA is a co-curricular program for high school marketing and business students. The evaluation of each students’ overall marketing and management skills is based on intensive interviews, various tests, role-playing exercises, case studies and written projects. The state convention winners will go on to represent Ohio at the upcoming International DECA Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

DECA standards are rigorous and the competition is fierce. — Kit Lynch, GLHS DECA Adviser

Image: GLHS Paw PrintGLHS DECA/The Paw Print
For more than a decade, the GLHS DECA program has placed among the top five high school programs in North America. The GLHS DECA student program features course work designed to produce a career-focused professional and includes the day-to-day management of the Paw Print. Many GLHS DECA students continue on to attend top business schools across the country.
Related Quick Links: | GLHS DECA/Paw Print on Facebook | The GLHS DECA home page: | The Paw Print Online | Twitter: @GahannaPawPrint |

More About DECA
Ohio DECA is a student-centered organization designed to promote activities that develop leadership, teamwork skills and individual growth. DECA is the only national organization within schools to attract young people to careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and entrepreneurship. DECA provides professional development that is similar to the opportunities offered to businessperson within many civic and professional organizations.

For more information, contact Kit Lynch, GLHS DECA adviser and marketing instructor, at 614-478-5517 or via an email:, or the GJPS Office of Communications.

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