DGS DECA Success!

DGS DECA Success!

At the 2024 DECA state competition, 11 students from Downers Grove South High School placed in the top ten at the DECA state sectional competition! 

DGS Students Sophia Lodhi and Rylee Monroe were the State Champions in the "Project Management Business Solutions" category. 

The Illinois Foundation for Marketing Education named South High Teacher and DECA Sponsor Paul Krick "Marketing Educator of the Year."

Other top finishers included Brianna Monroy, Seema Raiper and Mara Haiduc, receiving 3rd Place in the category "Business Services Operations Research

Nahla Mokkath received 4th Place in "Professional Selling."

Other Top Ten Finishers included:

  • Andjela Culafic, Professional Selling
  • Sophia Ring, Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling
  • Iliana Nenov and Taylor Mitchell, Innovation Plan 
  • Nick O’Halloran, Innovation Plan (Nick also received a $1,000 scholarship from the Illinois Foundation for Marketing Education) 
  • Andjela Culafic, Marketing Communications

DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management, administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism.