Among the 17 Hamilton High School students who competed, 14 of them qualified for international competition after successful performance at the annual state Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva. In all, 16 Hamilton students were recognized on stage at the state event for their accomplishments and received medals, certificates or trophies.
Students who qualified for international competition, which will be held in Orlando, Flor., include:
- Brian Bialobrzeski, Ashley Reimer, and Mark Ray – gold certification for Student-Based Enterprise;
- Sonya Ruminski, Patrick McCaffery, Allison Umhoefer, and Katie Rodenkirk – Outstanding Gold Students;
- Claire Greeneway and Megan Ropiak – third place overall for Hospitality Marketing;
- Ashley Reimer and Patrick McCaffery – third place overall for Travel and Tourism;
- Halley Greeneway and Holly Rindfleisch – third place overall for International Business Plan;
- Mark Ray and Joe Jurasovich – sixth place overall for Financial Analysis; and
- Joseph Bartolone and Frank Schweiger – seventh place overall for Sports and Entertainment Marketing.
In addition to international qualifiers, Anthony Gaglione Clinton Loker and Ryan Zahn also competed at the state competition.
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.