Two Freshmen Qualify for DECA International Competition

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Congratulations to freshmen Tom Marsh and Vincent Motowski, DECA State Champions in the category of Business Finance. The two competed as a team.

Tom and Vince were among 24 De La Salle Collegiate students at Cobo Hall the weekend of March 9-11, where 4500 students from across Michigan were competing in the State DECA Conference. 

The 24 had already earned their place at states by competing at the District level. 

Earning semi-finalist medals were:

  • Senior Jared Larue – Business Finance
  • Senior Parker Looman – Food Marketing
  • Sophomore Jared Amparo – Buying and Merchandising

Tom and Vince now have the opportunity to participate at the International Conference held in Atlanta, GA, at the end of May. 

Also attending the conference were Jack Tempest, Evan Brengman, Christian Lulgjuraj, Declan Haun, Damien Zachary, Evan Ferry, Andrew Saunders, Dominic Balice, Robert Smith, Conner Popa, Nick Brilatti,  Jeremy Coppola, Colton Flynn,  Dino Bucci, Matt Komorowski, Jacob Burke, Alec Livingston, Brendan Ronne, and Rocco Galati.

DLS Business Teacher Mrs. Aarran Meier, DECA Advisor, along with Mr. Dennis Koch, worked with students last week to prepare for the conference. Mr. Koch explained that the first part of the competition is an online test, and the second part is “role playing” at the conference. “We helped the students plan out who would talk about what – who would handle the introduction, the conclusion, how to handle transitions.”

Since its inception a few years ago, the DLS DECA Team (Distributive Education Clubs of America) has had great success in both state and international competition. 

Tom Marsh and Vincent Motowski

The DLS DECA Team, along with Mr. Dennis Koch and moderator Mrs. Aarran Meier gather at the Spirit of Detroit statue during the DECA State Conference.

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