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Trojans fare well at DECA competition

DECA students at Southwestern Senior High School competed Dec. 19, 2018, at their regional competition hosted by Jamestown Community College at its Olean campus.  DECA is a group for student entrepreneurs and, as a group, the Trojans did very well.   

Region 11/13  -- the New York DECA -- encompasses Chautauqua, Cattarugus, Allegany and Stuben counties.  The other chapters that competed were Salamanca, Olean, Wellsville, Whitesville, and Hornell.

Each student was given time to read a role-play scenario and compose a presentation to be given to an adult judge. Each student needed to come up with a marketing plan for the “Old Mill Pizza Shop,” which has 100 locations in 22 states. The marketing plan was to encompass a plan to utilize customer emails and to present customers with a game they could play during the NFL football season in which customers would win prizes, discounts, free giveaways, etc. 

The top three students from the Southwestern Chapter were: 

1st place Arianna Taylor

2nd place Mark Chapman

3rd place Emily Crawford 

Five students have qualified to compete at the New York DECA State Career Conference in Rochester in March – Taylor, Chapman, Crawford as well as Pyper Cross and Kylie Schwab. If one of the qualifiers is unable to attend the State Competition, Marilyn Blake (as the runner-up qualifier) would be eligible to take their place. The State Career Conference runs from March 6 through March 8, 2019, and will be attended by approximately 2,400 DECA members from all around New York.


On behalf of the Southwestern district, DECA advisor and business education teacher James Casini offers congratulations to ALL of the DECA members for competing, especially our winners and qualifiers.


DECA members at December 2018 competition in Olean.

Above: DECA members at the Olean competition.
1st place Arianna Taylor, 2nd place Mark
Chapman and 3rd place Emily Crawford.

1st place Arianna Taylor 2nd place Mark Chapman 3rd place Emily Crawford