Greenville High School DECA members to compete in Salt Lake City

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 1:22 pm on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DECA students show off their projects, awards and medals. In front, from left, are Jesse Hamman, Stephanie Hiltz, Camie Kerridge, Taylor Sirard, Ana Holmes and Megan Altizer. In back, from left, are Torrey Davis, Alec Czanderna, Emily Daenzer, Peter Lindeman, adviser Kelly Roney, Anna Ralph, Nikki Welsch and Lena Jensen. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville High School DECA winners

International qualifiers include:
• Torrey Davis and Alec Czandena in Advertising Campaign
• Emily Daenzer and Peter Lindeman in School-Based Enterprise
• Peter Lindeman and Jesse Hamman in Sports Marketing
• Stephanie Hiltz in Apparel Management
• Camie Kerridge in Restaurant Management
• Taylor Sirard in Human Resources Management
• Megan Altizer in Food Marketing
• Ana Holmes in Merit Awards


GREENVILLE — After competing at the DECA State Competition earlier this month, students from Greenville High School have qualified for the International Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah.

DECA is a student organization, comprised of sophomores, juniors and seniors and it prepares their members for careers in marketing, management, finance and hospitality.

“I am very proud of them,” said Kelly Roney, Greenville High School marketing teacher and DECA adviser. “They have worked so hard.”

At Greenville High School, about 80 students who participate in DECA. In January, they participated in districts and about 60 qualified for the state competition, which was March 9-11.

According to, the state competition is the only opportunity in this state where future marketing leaders come together to prepare for their careers.

During each competition, the students compete in their chosen occupational careers, said Roney. As the students advance, so does the competitions. The students compete in written events, role playing and through presentations. The top students from each region (eight regions in all) compete at the state level.

Roney said the students receive experiences through DECA they would not normally experience in the classroom.

“It is basically an extension of the classroom,” said senior and DECA President Peter Lindeman. “It gives real-life experiences.”

Senior Emily Daenzer, another president of DECA, agreed and said by participating in DECA the real-life experiences will help her and other students out in the future.

Lindeman said his favorite part of the competitions is networking with the students. After competing with other groups, both Lindeman and Daenzer said most of the students stay friends with one another after the competition is over.

Daenzer said there are many people at the competitions from all different backgrounds. She said she also enjoys the competitiveness of the DECA students during the competition.

Both Daenzer and Lindeman said it is exciting to have DECA members advance to the International Competition.

“It’s cool,” Daenzer said. “It’s a good experience business wise and it’s fun.”

The International Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah, will take place in late April.

“They impress me every day,” Roney said. “That’s why I keep doing this.”

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