Wareham High students take home 64 medals in DECA competition

By Jaime Rebhan | Jan 16, 2013
Courtesy of: Michelle Fitzgerald Wareham High School seniors Megan Fitzgerald and Lauren Slaney competed as a team in DECA district competition, and took home a first-place award.

Competing in categories ranging from accounting to finance to retail management, 92 Wareham High School students brought home 64 medals, and 57 students will be heading to the state conference, following the DECA district competition held in Falmouth last week.

DECA, the Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an extracurricular club that helps students gain marketing knowledge and skills needed to build a strong business background, Wareham High School student Paige Vespa reported.

Held at the Sea Crest Resort and Conference Center in Falmouth on Jan. 10 and 11, the district competition required students to take two written, 100-question tests. Individual competitors completed a prepared role-play -- a mock job interview -- and an unprepared role-play, in which students are given a case study and have 10 minutes to brainstorm a solution.

Team competitions have students preparing a promotional plan to market a service or product, and participating in a 30-minute unprepared role-play.

Seniors Megan Fitzgerald and Lauren Slaney, who have participated in DECA as a team since they were sophomores, took home a first-place award out of 32 teams.

"We definitely prepared more than we ever have," said Fitzgerald.

In its prepared role-play, the team had to present a plan for expanding a company. Judges were convinced.

"We showed how much we worked for it. We really wanted it," Fitzgerald said of the first-place win.

Other first-place winners were Paige Vespa, Wyatt Harunk, and Nicole Nault. Second-place winners included Wesley Fehskins, Hannagh Jacobson, Brett Labonte, Elizabeth St. Germaine, and Kelley Peterson. Tom Lemieux, Katie Modlowski, Mackenzie Connell, Anna Richard, Allison Wallace took home third-place awards.

Sixty Wareham High students also took home plaques for placing in the top ten best scores in their respective categories.

DECA's state conference is scheduled for March 14.

Wareham High School student Paige Vespa contributed to this report.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Hissing Cobra | Jan 16, 2013 10:29

It's great to see the same student names in the newspaper year after year for academic accomplishments. Congrats to all who took home awards!

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Jan 16, 2013 12:47

Thanks Hissing, my daughter was one of them! Nice to see all of her hard work paying off.

Posted by: WIMOM | Jan 17, 2013 08:27

Great job Paige!!!

And congratulations to all of the students who did so well.  I know of at least one who went unnamed in the top 10 and we're very proud of him as well!!!


Posted by: Jaime Rebhan | Jan 17, 2013 08:51



If you e-mail me the student's name, I will add it to the story! :) (jaime@warehamweek.com)



Posted by: WIMOM | Jan 17, 2013 16:43

Jaime, Thank you, but I didn't mean my comment in a bad way.  I understand that they can't all be named.  He knows we are proud of him!  You can't name all 60+ kids.  They all did a great job, we don't expect him to be singled out.

Thank you though!!


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