Green Bay Area High Schools Advance to DECA State Competition


On January 9, teams from the four Green Bay Area Public School District high schools competed with area schools at the DECA District 4 event that took place at Bay Port High School. DECA is a business and marketing club that allows students to compete individually or in teams as they present solutions to business and marketing issues. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. The students who placed on January 9 will move on to compete in the state DECA competition in Lake Geneva March 18-20. Students who placed in the top four of their respective events earned overall honors. Competition results are outlined below:


Southwest High School

  • Series winners:
    • Payton Fick and Clayton Ladsten: 1st place; Sports Marketing
    • Brett Kaufman: 1st place; Quick Service Marketing
    • Connor Jones: 1st place; Food Marketing
    • Karlyn Gahnz: 2nd place; Principles of Marketing
    • Kabir Bedi and Syon Verma: 2nd place; Financial Services
    • Trisha Hanold and Katie Folson: 3rd place; Marketing Communications
    • Elena Cain: 3rd place; Accounting Applications
    • Kyle Campbell: 4th place; Apparel and Accessories Marketing
    • Andrew Nickel: 4th place; Marketing Management
  • Medalists:
    • Nick Goehring: Accounting Applications
    • Megan Batten: Business Services Marketing
    • Kai Schmitt: Apparel and Accessories Marketing
    • Stephanie Haines: Apparel and Accessories Marketing
    • Jessie Smith: Apparel and Accessories Marketing
    • Ruben Guzman and Jackson Joseph: Hospitality Management
    • Calli Cain and Natalie Gerczak: Hospitality Management
    • Zack Ferraro: Quick Service Marketing
    • Logan LePine and Cole Milton: Sports Marketing
    • Josh Gucwa and Jordan Woods: Marketing Communications
    • Isabelle Benca and Simran Bedi: Travel and Tourism Marketing

West High School

  • Medalists:
    • Paige Bonger and Katie Hynek: Travel and Tourism
    • Ben Pasterski: Automotive Services
    • Hayden Koschkee: Quick Service Restaurant

Preble High School

Preble DECA competing at Districts!

  • Series winners:
    • Christian Schommer: 2nd place; Sports and Entertainment
    • Ellie Brennan: 3rd place; Business Services
    • Syndey Onesti: 3rd Place; Food Marketing
    • Jacqueline Heim: 4th Place; Restaurant and Food Service
    • Katie Murphy and Grace Sinclair: 4th Place; Marketing Communications
    • Samantha Brusky: 4th Place; Hotel Lodging


East High School

  • Series winners:
    • Nick Herlache: 1st Place; Accounting
    • Brett Zingler: 4th Place; Sports Marketing
  • Medalists:
    • Lea Gates: Business Services Marketing
    • Shyloh Galiano: Apparel and Accessories
    • Lisa Heverly: Apparel and Accessories
    • Eliza Kruszynski: Human Resources Management
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