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