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H-F students to compete in International DECA Tournament

Homewood-Flossmoor High School students Charles Niemiec and Larsen Prokop will be competing at the International DECA Tournament April 22-25 in Orlando, Florida.

The pair qualified for the international tournament by taking third place in the Financial Team Decision Making category at the Illinois DECA Tournament in Rosemont March 3, 4 and 5.

The Financial Services Team Decision Making event had students addressing issues on services offered by financial institutions. Niemiec and Prokop will now use their skills to show an international audience their understanding of the source and purpose of financial statements, the impact of management decisions on statements, and the analysis and interpretation of data for planning purposes. 

At the Orlando tournament, the H-F students will participate and be evaluated in two role plays that revolve specifically around those concepts and will also complete on a 100 question examination pertaining to finance.   

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H-F had 29 students compete individually and as teams at the state tournament.

Individual contestants and their area of expertise are: Mitchell Niemiec, accounting applications; Tolani Babawale, principles of finance; Macy Hamer, principles of hospitality and tourism; Alayna Frangella, principles of hospitality and tourism; Alessia Faso, accounting applications.

Anthony Fanelli, business finance; Makayla Taylor, entrepreneurship; Morgan Davenport, principles of hospitality and tourism; Leo D’Astici, accounting applications; Eniola Opakunle,  principles of business management and administration; Jack Keigher, hotel and lodging management. 

Team contestants and their areas of expertises are: Lucas De La Torre and Sullivan Matthys, entrepreneurship; Charles Niemiec and Larsen Prokop,  financial services; Caroline Schoen and Jada Marsh, hospitality services; Alex Williams and Corey Oswalt-Armenteros, sports and entertainment marketing; Frances Smith and Amelia Bruni, business law and ethics.

Jane Ermshler and Eliya Hobson, business law and ethics; Xavier White and Trenton Roseborough, buying and merchandising;  Madyson Stein and Elodie Sullivan, hospitality services; Dominic Fanelli and Nick Calomino, sports and entertainment marketing.

Teacher Michael O’Neill is head faculty sponsor for the DECA program, part of the Business and Technology Program at H-F. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department at H-F includes business and technology, industrial technology, family and consumer services and engineering.  

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