2017-02-09 / Front Page

Heritage DECA students advance to state level

By Bill Petzold


Connor Copus, Ethan Concannon, Sadia Khan, Juhi Nahata and Kyra Villalon were among the many students who advanced to the DECA state competition for Heritage High School. 
Courtesy Photo Connor Copus, Ethan Concannon, Sadia Khan, Juhi Nahata and Kyra Villalon were among the many students who advanced to the DECA state competition for Heritage High School. Courtesy Photo SAGINAW TWP. – Students from Heritage High School took part in the DECA district competition hosted on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 at Saginaw Valley State University, with a number qualifying for the Michigan DECA State Career Development Conference. The state conference is planned for March 10-12 in Detroit.

DECA is a student organization similar to Business Professionals of America that helps students develop skills that will serve them well in the business world such as marketing, accounting and management.

“We would like to thank the STBA (Saginaw Township Business Association) for welcoming our students to network every month at their luncheon and for STBA members who volunteered to judge at the district event,” said Heritage teacher Meghan Ivory, who coaches the DECA team along with Brent Molnar. “We also had more than 10 other community members including Saginaw Township Community Schools school board members, staff, administration, and alumni who volunteered to judge at Saginaw Valley State University. The district competition could not happen without the 75 plus volunteers who judge the competition.”


Adison Howwart, Karissa Bone, Priyanka Kheterpal, Megan Gendregske, Nikita Gollapudi and Karli Ward advanced in the category of Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making. Adison Howwart, Karissa Bone, Priyanka Kheterpal, Megan Gendregske, Nikita Gollapudi and Karli Ward advanced in the category of Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making. Below are the names of the competition categories and the names of Heritage students who performed well enough to compete at the state conference:

Apparel and Accessories Marketing: Raheem Ahmed, Aliza Majeed and Meghana Mulpuri; Principles of Hospitality: Mohammad Aqil, Ashley King and Alexandria Senkowski; Retail Merchandising: Dejah’Soleil Blondin, Haley Watters; Food Marketing: Michael Fiore; Business Services Marketing: Andrew Freigang; Quick Serve Restaurant Management: Jasraj Kochar; Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making: Karissa Bone, Megan Gendregske, Nikita Gollapudi, Adison Hohwart, Priyanka Khetarpal and Karli Ward; Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making: Ethan Concannon, Connor Copus, Sadia Khan and Juhi Nahata; Marketing Communications Team Decision Making: Alexis De La Cruz, Tyler Cole, Caroline Nielsen, McKenzie Deitsch, Vincent Samson and Andrea Rombach; Finance Team Decision Making: David Dewald, Gavin Fruge, Kelley McIntyre, Mitchell Wise, Eathen McKenzie and Abigail Seman; Human Resource Management: Courtney Lamrouex, Alec McAnelly, Connor Rousseau, Maxx Schmidt and Lyric Peterson; Principals of Finance: Isaiah Saenz; Hotel and Lodging Management: Katrina Kreszowski and Tanya Sharma; Restaurant and Food Service Marketing: Gaven Mersha and Reed Schnepf; Business Finance Marketing: Gina Mynatt; Principals of Marketing: Jenna Vargas; Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making: David Baldwin, Sydney Hollis, Noor Siddiqui and Lindsay Scott; Hospitality Team Decision Making: Song Kim, Sabrina Laynes, Isabelle O’Hare, Kayla Chingman, Selvi Ramasamy and Taylor Ryle; and Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making: Kaylee Pierce and Alexandros Tsiros.

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