On 15 November 2019, Marc Garneau brought home thirteen Top 3 medals and a total of ninety-nine awards from the DECA Regional Competition. 

Many students received ribbons and medals for their success. Photo: Laura Lu.

DECA is an international business competition with over 200 000 participants worldwide. More than 2 000 students attended the Toronto Regionals Competition at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute on Friday 15 November, including sixty-five from Marc Garneau. There were three types of events that participants could choose to compete in: principles, individual series, and team decision making. Team events were done in groups of two, whereas competitors in the principles and individual series were judged on their performance alone. The difference between the latter two is that principles is reserved for first-year DECA competitors. Each of these areas are split into further clusters that cover different aspects of business, such as finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship. 

All participants wrote an online multiple-choice exam on 30 October at Marc Garneau with 100 questions that tested them on basic vocabulary and business facts related to their cluster. They attended the regionals at Cedarbrae in order to do roleplays. Roleplays are case studies based on real-world business scenarios that require the participant to answer a series of questions related to their cluster. After ten to thirty minutes of preparation, depending on their event, they presented their scenario to a judge and were marked on their content, creativity, speaking skills, and visuals. Awards were presented to the students with the highest scores in exams, roleplays or both overall. 

To help members prepare for the regionals, club executives were assigned small training groups in order to communicate efficiently and work individually with each member. Additionally, members of the club spent many painstaking hours before, after and during school practicing roleplays with the club executives. The club also held many meetings and training sessions. 

Angela Xu, a Grade 9 student remarked that although she was nervous beforehand, her roleplay went well because of the amount of preparation she had done with the executives. 

The results of the hard work culminated during the awards ceremonies. There were three awards ceremonies held throughout the day for the individual, principles, and team events. During each one, cheers erupted inside Cedarbrae’s theatre as Marc Garneau students leapt to their feet in support of their friends who climbed up on stage to receive their awards. “I’m really happy with our chapter’s results, but more so I really enjoyed seeing so many people getting involved and seeing their improvement,” said Tom Liu, the president of DECA. 

The Reckoner would like to recognize the following students for their achievements in their respective sections. 

Individual Series:

Alex Guo (AAM): Top 10 Exam, Top 10 Roleplay, Top 3 Overall

Renee Jiang (AAM): Top 10 Roleplay, Top 10 Overall

Mohamed Dasu (ACT): Top 10 Exam

Richard Zhu (ACT): Top 10 Roleplay, Top 10 Overall

Venkat Muthaly (ASM): Top 10 Exam, Top 10 Roleplay, Top 10 Overall

Max Lu (ASM): Top 10 Exam

Sarvesh Sivakumar (BFS): Top 10 Exam

Jim Wu (BFS): Top 10 Exam, Top 10 Overall

Vishnu Sripathi (BSM): Top 10 Exam, Top 10 Overall

Andre Rodrigues (BSM): Top 10 Exam

Kevin Wang (ENT): Top 10 Overall

Serena Meng (HLM): Top 10 Exam, Top 10 Roleplay, Top 3 Overall

Eric Shang (MCS): Top 10 Exam

Amy Jia (MCS): Top 10 Roleplay

Jefferson Chen (PFL): Top 10 Roleplay, Top 10 Overall

Harrison Chiu (RMS): Top 10 Exam, Top 10 Roleplay, Top 3 Overall

 

Principles: 

Annie Xiong (PMK): Top 10 Roleplay, Top 10 Overall

Emma Liu (PMK): Top 10 Roleplay

Laura Gao (PMK): Top 10 Exam, Top 10 Overall

Allan Li (PFN): Top 10 Exam

Anushka Tripathi (PFN): Top 10 Exam, Top 10 Overall

Karan Minaie (PBM): Top 10 Exam, Top 10 Overall

Miranda Zhao (PBM): Top 10 Exam, Top 10 Roleplay, Top 3 Overall

Angela Xu (PHT): Top 10 Exam, Top 3 Overall

 

Team Series:

Aimee Li and Larissa Long (BLTDM): Top 10 Exams, Top 10 Roleplay, Top 3 Overall

Nathan Latka and Brennan Sri (BLTDM): Top 10 Roleplay, Top 10 Overall

Eric Zhao and Austin Lin (BTDM): Top 10 Exam (Eric), Top 10 Roleplay, Top 10 Overall

Emily Shen and Wendi Zhang (BTDM): Top 10 Exam (Emily), Top 10 Overall

Grace Xiong and Justin Ye (ETDM): Top 10 Exams, Top 10 Roleplay, Top 3 Overall

Chen Peng and Brasen Xu (ETDM): Top 10 Roleplay, Top 10 Overall

Alex Yu and Tina Ma (FTDM): Top 10 Exam (Alex), Top 10 Roleplay, Top 10 Overall

Laura Lu and Angela Pang (HTDM): Top 10 Exams, Top 10 Roleplay, Top 3 Overall

Vinson Zhang and Anirudh Goel (MTDM): Top 10 Exam (Vinson), Top 10 Roleplay, Top 10 Overall

Tom Liu and Jason Cai (STDM): Top 10 Exams, Top 10 Roleplay, Top 3 Overall

Jacqueline Huo and Lynn Shibata (TTDM): Top 10 Exam (Jacqueline), Top 10 Roleplay, Top 10 Overall