After a successful performance at the annual state DECA Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva March 17-19, seven of 10 Hamilton High School competitors qualified for international competition. Students who qualified for international competition in Anaheim, Calif., April 29-May 3 include:
- Halley Greeneway and Holly Rindfleisch – second place overall for travel and tourism marketing;
- Mitchell Muehler and Christopher Ebsen – fourth place overall for hospitality services;
- Cody Ellis and Carson Leet – fourth place overall for business law and ethics; and
- Supriya Talwar – eighth place overall for business services.
Along with the international qualifiers, Lukas Ballo and the team of Kelly Rodenkirk and Sarah Vowels also competed at the state competition. All ten competitors were recognized on stage at the state event for their accomplishments with medals or trophies.
Hamilton also received the highest level possible for every award available to individual chapters including:
- Outstanding Gold Chapter;
- Diamond Level Membership;
- Muscular Dystrophy award; and
- Coins for Campers.
In addition, the Charger Corner school-based enterprise was recognized for gold level recertification for the third straight year. This level of certification has only been granted to 12 school-based enterprises in the state and 116 in the nation, making The Charger Corner a model operation for others to emulate.
Business education teacher Skip Hay is the Hamilton DECA advisor. DECA is an association for students interested in marketing, management and entrepreneurship that provides opportunities to compete in more than 50 categories related to business career development.