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DECA Chapter Excels at Annual Conference

DECA Chapter Excels at Annual Conference

Bloomfield Hills High School's Distributive Education Clubs of America proudly announces its exceptional performance at the Michigan DECA State Career Development Conference held in Detroit over the weekend of March 14–16.

Amidst stiff competition, 47 students from Bloomfield Hills High School showcased their skills and talents in 22 different events across the core business areas of marketing, management, finance, entrepreneurship, and hospitality. The dedication and hard work of these students were evident as they displayed exemplary performance and professionalism throughout the conference. 

Out of the 47 participants, an impressive 14 students secured their spots as qualifiers for the International Career Development Conference marking a significant achievement for the Bloomfield Hills DECA Chapter. Additionally, 7 students emerged as state finalists, further highlighting the chapter's commitment to excellence and success. ICDC will be held in Anaheim, California, from April 27 to April 30, 2024.

"We are immensely proud of all of these students for what they've accomplished at SCDC this year," stated Tina Kavanagh, Advisor of the BHHS DECA. "They have been dedicated and determined to get to this level. Their victory is testament to what our students can achieve through hard work and the opportunities that DECA provides. We look forward to growing our chapter and supporting our finalists as they continue on to the international competition." 

BHHS DECA extends its gratitude to all parents, families, and educators who contributed to the success of its students. 

For more information about BHHS DECA and its accomplishments, contact Tina Kavanagh at

About DECA: DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. With a commitment to fostering leadership skills, entrepreneurial spirit, and professional development, DECA helps students develop necessary skills and knowledge in core business concepts to prepare them for college and careers. Through classroom learning, business partnerships, and participation in competitive events, DECA offers unique opportunities for all students to succeed. Learn more at

Bloomfield Hills DECA ICDC Qualifiers

  • Thomas Bouchou (grade 11) & Alex Pruett (grade 11) – International Business Plan
  • Parus Dhillon (grade 11) – Startup Business Plan 
  • Michael Dillon (grade 12) – Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling
  • Robert Gaines (grade 12) – Business Finance
  • Nick Guettler (grade 12) – Hotel & Lodging Management
  • Aileen Hsi (grade 12) – Independent Business Plan
  • Noah Kaplan (grade 11) & Jordan Newman (grade 11) – Sports & Entertainment Team Decision Making
  • Tim Kempen (grade 10),  Dane Kruse (grade 10), & Brody Nagaj (grade 10) – Startup Business Plan
  • Asher Langwell (grade 11) – Retail Merchandising
  • Mayas Smith (grade 10) – Business Finance

State Finalists Placing Top Overall in Event

  • Merrick Chernett (grade 12) – Personal Financial Literacy 
  • Naisha Doshi (grade 10) & Kathryn Ho (grade 10)– Hospitality & Tourism Team Decision Making
  • Ben Guettler (grade 11)– Entrepreneurship
  • Anjali Inbavannan (grade 12) – Personal Financial Literacy
  • Brody Oleshansky (grade 11) & Drew Richmond (grade 11) – Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making