By Zoe Wood

A group of Jacksonville High School (JHS) students involved in the school’s business club, DECA, traveled to Palos Hills, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, over the past weekend to compete in DECA’s business competition at Moraine Valley Community College. Stephanie Ritter, the main advisor for JHS’s DECA club, and David Rubin de Celis, a business teacher at the high school, took the group of 13 students up to compete. The competition involved a 100-question specialty test, 50-question economy test and a role-playing scenario where the students were given a problem and were to provide a solution with a marketing plan. Two teams advanced by getting first place. Marisa Thompson and Molly Jackson, as well as Nora Homolka and Anna Stampf, were the two doubles to advance into the next level of competition. Overall, the students from JHS competed very well and expanded their knowledge in the subjects of business, marketing and economics to help them excel in their future endeavors in the business world.

Members of DECA include: (back row, L to R) Molly Jackson, Marisa Thompson, Mae Gibson, JD Lindley, Ariel Mansholt, Abby Mitchell and Ryan Fatheree. The front row (L to R) includes: Claire Leanard, Morgan Jessie, Anna Stampf, Nora Homolka, Mallory Erickson and Sadi Ghimire.

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