MIHS DECA students qualify for international conference

The Mercer Island High School DECA team has qualified 16 students to advance to the International Career Development Conference next month in Atlanta.

DECA is an international student organization that provides real-world business experiences in a school setting. Students compete in DECA through extemporaneous business case studies that are judged by business professionals, or by submitting various projects that range from 30-page written international business plans to innovational entrepreneurship plans to ad campaigns.

The MIHS state DECA team of more than 130 students brought their best performances and business knowledge to the Washington state competition held earlier this month at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Their advisors are teachers Jen McLellan and Shannon Tapp.

MIHS state placings and finalists:

Principles of Hospitality

Kevin Baker - 1st

Taylor Richards - 2nd 

Personal Financial Literacy

Benjamin Holers-Gross - 5th


Robert Yee - Finalist

Adelaide Jones - Finalist

Business Services Marketing

Nicole Mandt - 4th

Nadia Lumba - Finalist 

Food Marketing

Samantha Bender – 7th

Hotel and Lodging Services

Lait Perlman - Finalist

Restaurant and Food Service Management

Colin Gersch – 3rd

Retail Merchandising

Amanda Wion - 4th

Team – Entrepreneurship

Christina Petrie and Drew Deguchi – 7th

Team – Financial Services

Hunter Bauman and Alex Platou – 1st

William Hamilton and Kaleb John-Lewis – 7th 

Team – Marketing Management

Shelby Burr and Lindsey Lovsted – 7th

Creative Marketing

Carson Coe, Stewart Vassau, Matthew Boissoneault – 6th 

Entrepreneurship Individual

Declan Chapin – 7th

Leadership Academy

Connor Grady

Emily Rowe

James Watson