Nine Massillon Students to Compete in National DECA Competition, CTE Students Present Programs
Nine members of Massillon's Career Technical Education (CTE) Marketing class have qualified for the National DECA Competition, after competing at the state DECA competition on March 13 and 14 in Columbus. On March 12, students from the Exercise Science and Teaching Professions CTE Program also traveled to Columbus to present their respective programs at the Statehouse.
In the DECA competition, thirty-seven students from Massillon competed against 2,300 students across the state of Ohio for one of 150 spots in the national competition. To qualify for the national competition, students had to finish in the top four of their category competition. Senior student Chloe Grimm was the State DECA Champion in the Hotel and Lodging Management category.
The nine students from Massillon who will compete in the national competition are seniors Sam Donahue, Chloe Grimm, Blake Manson, Allissa Mitchell, Gunner Ries and Devin Williams, and juniors Todd Fichter, Zack Lockwood and Mike Rutkowski. Those students will travel to Orlando, Florida to compete in the national competition from April 24 to April 29.
Marketing Advisor Chuck Richards has coordinated the Massillon DECA program for 13 years. In that time, 280 students have qualified for the state competition, 60 students have qualified for the national competition and 13 students have qualified as international finalists. The DECA Program is part of Washington High School's CTE Program.
"We had the largest group ever from Massillon competing in the state DECA competition this year," said Richards. "I'm excited that so many of our students were able to participate in this fun and competitive opportunity."