PLCC Students Advance to National DECA Competition

This spring, many students from Portage Lakes Career Center have been preparing for their regional and state level competitions through the career-technical student leadership organizations that they are associated with. We are proud to congratulate three students who will advance to their National competitions and the many other PLCC students who won top awards.

Good Luck National Qualifiers

Cory Popson, senior Programming & Software Development student, taught by Maria Schlenk will travel to Orlando, Florida in May. Cory will compete in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) Leadership Conference in the Visual Basic Programming Contest.

Cory competed against 20 other students from across Ohio at the State contest. “I thought I would do well, but I was shocked when they announced me as the 1st place winner,” said Popson.

“The contest was difficult in that it was a race against time. We were given one and a half hours to develop an application. I had to work fast while fully understanding the directions. Cory will be attending Champlian College in Burlington, VT next fall where he will pursue a 4 yr. Computer Science/Game Programming degree.

Kelsey Askew and Rebecca Askew, both senior Marketing & Management students housed at Springfield H.S. placed first at the state DECA contest and will be traveling with their teacher, Theresa Brugler, to Anaheim, CA later this month for the DECA International Career Development Conference.

The girls will be competing in the Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research contest.

“The topic for this contest is to create or enhance a website for an existing company,” said Brugler. “The project requires students to use primary and secondary research, prepare a (maximum) 30 page written plan and a 15 minute presentation. “I am very excited for and proud of these girls,” said Brugler.

“They worked so hard on it and I honestly thought the paper was phenomenal. They were up against some big school districts and actually beat a team that has won at the National level the past several years. It was like a March Madness upset!” The girls said the most difficult part of the contest was the stress leading up to the week of State Competition. They came to school early and stayed late several days to make sure they were prepared.

They also found the presentation difficult because they had so much information to present in a short time.