District 99 Students Place at State DECA Competition - 2023

District 99 Students Place at State DECA Competition - 2023

March 9, 2023 - Downers Grove, Illinois — District 99 students placed within the top ten in several events at the Illinois State Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Competition. Ten students were automatic national qualifiers by placing top 4 in those events. 

North and South High School students joined over 1,300 high school students at the annual conference held March 2-4, 2023.  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. 

The following students received recognition for individual ability and achievement at the association level:


South High Students

Madeleine Kelly: Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Mathias Jaikovski: Financial Consulting

Tim Malatia: Financial Consulting

Sophia Lodhi & Rylee Monroe: Hospitality and Tourism Team 

Taylor Mitchell & Iliana Nenov: Business Law and Ethics Team 

Zachary Deplaris: Business Service Marketing

North High Students 

Will Beatty: Travel and Tourism Team

Raj Fisher: Travel and Tourism Team

Maddy Dvorak: Entrepreneurship Team

Molly Hagstrom: Entrepreneurship Team

Nolan Hurter: Buying and Merchandising Team

Russell Oros: Buying and Merchandising Team

Maggie Moore: Hospitality Services Team

Sydney Moss: Hospitality Services Team

Dylan Hogg: Retail Merchandising Services

Amneet Kaur: Sports and Entertainment Operations Research

Aashina Sawhney: Principles of Hospitality and Tourism


D99 Automatic National Qualifiers


South High School

Nahla Mokkath, State Champion in Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Nahla Mokkath, State Champion in Business Solution Project

Ryan Lynde, 3rd in Automotive Services Marketing

Mary Ghawaly, 2nd in Professional Selling

Mara Haiduc, Seema Rapjer & Brianna Monroy, 3rd in Financial Literacy Campaign


Nahla was the first double State Champion in the history of Downers Grove South DECA.



North High School

Maggie Moore and Sydney Moss, 4th place in Hospitality Services Team

Will Beatty and Raj Fisher, 4th place in Travel and Tourism Team


DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school. More than 200 business professionals evaluated the members’ performance in the format of role-plays, case studies, and prepared presentations.

For more information about Illinois DECA, click here.