Pioneer DECA chapter has impressive showing at state conference

Pioneer High School students compete at the DECA State Career Development Conference at Cobo Center.

The Ann Arbor Pioneer DECA chapter had an impressive showing at the recent state conference at Cobo Center in Detroit.

“Winning a medal at this level is an outstanding accomplishment,” said DECA advisor and marketing teacher Kara Morabito,

DECA is an association of marketing students that conducts academic games competitions and educational field trips for students interested in management, marketing, and entrepreneurial careers.  There are about 250 Michigan High Schools that offer DECA as part of their high school curriculum.

The state champions will advance to compete at the International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee at the end of April.

The following students won medals in their events against very tough competition.

The 2016 state champions are from left to right: Grant McLean, Sofia Keen, Lauren Ruttenberg, Mackenzie Stoy, Allison Menge, Phoebe Johnson, Kaycee Siebler, Siva Senthil and Daniel Stein.

2016 State Champions

Allison Menge – Advertising Campaign

Joshua Marquardt – Automotive Marketing

Phoebe Johnson – Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan

Kaycee Siebler – Food Marketing

Daniel Stein – Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Grant McLean – Principles of Marketing

Siva Senthil – Principles of Marketing

Sofia Keen – Sports Operations Research

Lauren Ruttenberg – Sports Operations Research

Mackenzie Stoy – Sports Operations Research

State Champion Runners Up – 2nd place in the State of Michigan

Juliana Collet – Apparel & Accessories Marketing

Cassandra Woolley– Hotel & Lodging Marketing

Lauren Albert – Marketing Management

Ian Ricoy – Marketing Management

John Kunec – Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Evan Jiang – Hospitality Services

Andrew Meza – Hospitality Services

Occupational Exam Winners (Top 5 in Event):

Andrew Marquardt – Automotive Marketing

Madeline Bacalor– Business Services Marketing

Gage Sansbury – Hotel & Lodging Marketing

Curtis Fang – Human Resource Management

Grace Newman– Restaurant & Food Service Management

Spencer Wilkerson – Retail Merchandising

Grant McLean – Principles of Marketing

 Case Problem Role Play Winners (First Place in Event):

Allison Menge – Advertising Campaign

Juliana Collet – Apparel and Accessories Marketing

Kaycee Siebler – Food Marketing

Lauren Albert – Marketing Management

Siva Senthil – Principles of Marketing

Grant McLean – Principles of Marketing

DECA at Pioneer High School is a part of the marketing, sports marketing, and entrepreneurship education’s curriculum.

Students prepare for DECA competition by enrolling in Pioneer’s Marketing Education class, Sports and Entertainment Marketing class, Business Education classes, and/or enrolling in the Cooperative Occupational (C.O.E.) Program where they can experience many of the situations at a paid work experience.

Since Pioneer DECA was established in 1980, there have been 177 Pioneer Michigan State DECA Champions who qualified for and participated in the International DECA Championship in various U.S. cities.  DECA is a co-curricular activity specifically designed to challenge and motivate high school marketing and business students.


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