WHS DECA students advance to state competition


Westfield High School had an outstanding showing at the Distributive Education Clubs of America districtcompetition, advancing all 46 students to the state competition.

Michelle Goudy, DECA club co-sponsor said, “Becky Sondgeroth and I were overwhelmed with pride as they (judges) announced the winners of each category. Many of the judges commented on our students’ professionalism, creativity, confidence and thinking skills. The WHS business teachers cannot accept sole credit for students’ accomplishments. The numerous wins are the result of years of caring teachers who teach creative thinking, problem-solving and presentation skills along with content. DECA’s success reflects on Westfield Washington Schools’ commitment toward our students.”

WHS competed with students from area high schools: Harrison, Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Guerin Catholic, Zionsville and Frankfort.

The competition provides the opportunity for students to apply their marketing knowledge in competitive situations. They compete in either individual or team events, consisting of two role-plays and one to two tests. The overall score combines the concept score (test score) and the role-play score. To advance to the next level, students must place in the top 14 in the overall scoring.

The students competed in the state competition from March 11 through today at the Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. Winners at state will compete in the international conference held in Salt Lake City in April.

Here are the results from the DECA district competition:


  1. Lily Kishko, 13th overall
  2. Georgia Gross, 9th overall
  3. Austin Cavazos, 11th overall
  4. Thomas Wagner, 2nd concepts, 2nd role play, 2nd overall
  5. Kyle Duvall, 3rd concepts, 3rd role play, 3rd overall
  6. Alex Schulke, 1st concepts, 1st role play, 1st overall

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

  1. Ahren Alexander, 1st concepts, 1st role play, 1st overall

Principles of Marketing

  1. Kyle Long, 2nd role play, 2nd overall
  2. Melissa Lakin, 3rd role play, 3rd overall
  3. Sam Hoffman, 2nd concepts, 7th overall

Marketing Management Services

  1. Jake Haubner, 11th overall
  2. Hannah Durbin, alternate

Principles of Business Management and Administration

  1. Adam Fehr, 11th overall
  2. Drew Humphrey, 6th overall
  3. Mickey Paunwar, 1st concepts, 8th overall
  4. Robert Draper, 2nd concepts, 7th overall

Automotive Services Marketing

  1. Sam Sobczak, 3rd concepts, 3rd role play, 3rd overall
  2. Jake Cruse, 2nd concepts, 2nd overall

Restaurant and Food Service Management

  1. Betsy Reeder, 8th overall


  1. Josh Lynch, 3rd role play, 3rd overall
  2. Blaine Brooks, 7th overall

Quick Serve

  1. Aly Sisk, 3rd concepts, 2nd overall

Buying and Merchandising

  1. Lauren Schweizer and Katie Lentz, 13th overall

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

  1. Ryan O’Hara and Luke McQuillen(Luke – 1st concepts), 13th overall

Hospitality Services

  1. Tara Hassinger and Brittany Kirchhoefer, 14th overall
  2. Sierra Webb and Samantha Bates, 13th overall
  3. Shelby Wilson and KaliePluchel, 12th overall

Travel and Tourism Marketing

  1. Victoria Rigdon and Sarah Vrabel, 2nd role play, 3rd overall
  2. Brianna Susnak and Briana Leonard, 10th overall
  3. Noah Roush and Steven Johnson (Steven – 1st concepts, Noah – 2nd concepts), 1st role play, 1st overall
  4. Pierce Dahl and Josh Cruse, 6th overall

Marketing Communications

  1. Shannon Webb and Holly Pilkington, 5th overall
  2. Cari Smith and Cassie Petty, 3rd overall play, 2nd overall
  3. Kaitlyn Maloney and Pooja Patel, 11th overall

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