PARIS – Thirty Distributive Education Clubs of America students from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School who attended the state conference on March 3 and 4 in South Portland returned home as “Maine DECA’s Chapter of the Year for 2005.”

Of the students attending, 21 placed first or second overall in their category, which qualified them to compete at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., at the end of April.

Students competed in either two role plays or a case study and had to take a 100-question written test. Trophies were awarded for the overall first, second and third place winners of each category.

Ribbons were awarded to those who placed either first, second or third in their role plays or case study or on their written test.

Awards received by Oxford Hills students are as follows: Miranda Olmstead and Staci Cushman, hospitality services, first place case study, first place overall; Nicole McKee, free enterprise economics, first place test, first place overall; Mary-Lou Lindstrom, apparel and accessories associate level, first place role play one, first place role play two, first place written exam, first place overall.

Also, Kelsea Pelletier, apparel and accessories management level, first place role play one, first place role play two, first place written exam, first place overall; Danielle Croteau, food marketing management level, first place role play one, first place written exam, first place overall.

Also, Kellie Sunderland, retail merchandising management level, first place role play one, third place role play two, first place written exam, first place overall; Melissa Brown and Corri Runes, travel and tourism, first place case study; Brown second place written exam; Runes third place written exam, first place overall.

Also, Ben Ryerson and Jake Cash, sports and entertainment, first place case study; Ryerson, third place written exam, first place overall; Liza Chase and Diann Ramsey, e-commerce, first place case study, first place overall; Lindsey Perry and Aly McKeen, hospitality services, second place case study, second place overall.

Also, Jill Cole, vehicles and petroleum, second place role play one, second place role play two, third place written exam, second place overall; Jennifer Manchester, food marketing associate level, third place role play one, first place role play two, second place overall.

Also, Mike Billon and Kyle Raymond, e-commerce, second place case study; Raymond, second place written exam, Billon third place written exam, second place overall; Tammy Calnan and Ali Fox, financial services, second place case study; Fox, first place written exam; Calnan second place written exam, second place overall.

Also, Kristina Bowden, marketing management, second place role play one, third place role play two, second place written exam, third place overall; Meredith Vieira, business services management, first place role play one, third place overall; Alicia Farrar, apparel and accessories associate level, second place role play one, third place written exam, third place overall.

Also, Alyssa Snow, full service restaurant management, second place role play one, second place role play two, third place overall; Lindsey Partridge, restaurant quick serve, first place role play one; Whitney Linindoll, retail merchandising associate level, third place role play one; Jinny Tsimis, full service restaurant management, third place role play one.

Other participants were Bernadette Fuller in retail merchandising associate level and Megan Parsons in quick serve restaurant management.

Opening ceremonies featured keynote speaker Rosie Schacht, director of Lake Region Technical Center. A hypnotist show was presented by Tommy Vee.

On the second day, students attended team development workshops, participated in a question and answer session with the slates of officers who were running for the state leadership team for the next year, caucused and voted for their candidate. They attended a banquet and the awards ceremony.

Oxford Hills students who campaigned for the state leadership team were Kelly Sunderland, Kelsea Pelletier, Kristina Bowden and Allison Fox.

After winning the positions of state officers for Maine DECA last year, Aly McKeen, Lindsey Perry, Kellie Sunderland and Kelsea Pelletier said their good-byes at the closing ceremony.

During the year, they attended the State Officer Leadership Development Academy at the International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tenn., and represented Maine at the Regional DECA Leadership Conference in Toronto, Canada, where they put on a workshop for students from the northern region states.

Throughout the year, officers also distributed newsletters to state members, worked on corporate sponsorships and planned and carried out the activities of the state conference with the new Maine state adviser, Lisa Delampan.

Community members who helped as event managers or judges were Bruce and Adrienne Little, Gerri Linscott, Patty Rice, Judy Green, Don Starbird, Doug Smith, Suzanne Grover, Kelly Oufiero, Wendy Newmeyer and Bruce Croteau.

DECA advisers Pat Pelletier and Julie Philbrook said students will do a lot of fund-raising for the money needed for the trip. They have planned a bake and tag sale at Wal-Mart from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 25; a three-on-three tournament on Saturday, April 2, at the high school; and an ongoing bottle drive. Car washes and other events are also being planned.

During the school year, students put on the DECA Holiday Craft Fair to raise money for their attendance at nationals. Anyone who wants to make a donation can contact DECA students at 743-7756, ext. 5100.


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