PWHS DECA to send 38 to state competition

Congratulations to the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) DECA members who placed at the DECA District Competition in December — qualifying them for the state competition in February. 

1st Place

  • Arya Venkat: Quick Serve Restaurant Management

  • Jessie Kaplan and Maddyn Shapiro: Marketing Management

2nd Place

  • Jordyn Green: Apparel and Accessories Marketing

  • Raynah Fandozzi: Food Marketing

  • Katie Fitzpatrick: Hotel and Lodging

3rd Place

  • Adam Knopf: Accounting 

  • Gianna DiNardis: Food Marketing

4th Place

  • Chris Maslij: Principles of Finance

  • Brooklyn Bednarz: Principles of Marketing


girl in business suit wearing medal

PWHS Senior Katie Fitzpatrick, an elected DECA District Representative, served as the emcee for the Award Ceremony.

Ten Montgomery County schools participated in the events. Each competitor took a timed 100-question test about their subject area and then recorded a role-play response to a problem. The responses were judged by professionals who work in those event areas.

"Districts may have looked different from prior years, but our PWHS students still did an amazing job," said PWHS Business Teacher and DECA Sponsor Beth Rickard.

Ms. Rickard also serves as the District Coordinator, which meant that PWHS hosted the virtual ceremony. PWHS Senior and District Representative Katie Fitzpatrick served as the emcee for the awards presentation.  

"The best part was after the ceremony when I heard how excited those who placed were, and I even saw a few reaction videos," said Katie. "I'm so excited to see all of our qualifiers at the state competition in February!"

In addition to those who placed at Districts, the following students are working on long-term projects that will be presented at the state competition:

  • Ethan Verlin, Rayna Handis, Julia Levinson: Financial Literacy Project

  • Dalya Dunoff, Olivia Prusky, Maya Drossner: Innovation Project

  • Owen Link, Jake Clatterbuck, Mason Clatterbuck: Franchise Business Plan

  • Larry Williams, Derek Willans - Integrated Marketing Campaign: Service

  • Isabella Scarola, Abigail Boegner, Inyah Hewitt: Innovation Plan

  • Nate Schindler, Brandon Butler, Zach Barrie: Sports and Entertainment Marketing Operations

  • Corey Mezger, Eli Krassen, Jared Kolsun: Sports and Entertainment Marketing Operations

  • Anahita Mandal, Nicole Graham: Career Development Project

  • Raynah Fandozzi and Brooke DeAngelis: Independent Business Plan

  • Chris Maslij, Jeremy Segal, Nathan Kiernan: Franchise Business Plan

  • Julia Couzens: Sales Consulting