Members of Reynoldsburg High School’s DECA team not only captured first- and third-place awards at the state conference, they helped set a new Guinness world record for “simultaneous tie-tying.”
Kim Pennycuff, adviser and business/marketing instructor at the school, said she took 24 students to the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference March 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. The students also attended an awards ceremony and reception March 15 at Franklin County Veterans Memorial to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Ohio DECA.
She said she served as a “counter” at the conference as 1,103 DECA students from all over the state tied DECA ties simultaneously to set a new Guinness world record for simultaneous tie-tying.
She said 1,300 students attended the event.
“To prepare, Reynoldsburg members practiced a certain tie knot that was required, then tied their ties at the buzzer,” she said.
As for individual awards, RHS junior Brett Patterson won a first-place award in Principles of Business Management and Administration.
“Brett took a 100-question marketing test and then participated in a role-play,” Pennycuff said. “He made it to the finalist round with a combination of his test and role-play scores, where he performed another role-play.”
She said Patterson’s final score was the highest among the 32 contestants from around the state competing in his category.
In the role-play portion of each contest, she said, students are presented with business problems such as how to improve a product brand or how to handle an irate customer. She said students have to “think on their feet” during the exercise, since they are usually given only 30 minutes to come up with a solution.
Seniors Nia Coleman and Aliyah Smith took third place in the state for Marketing Communications Team Decision-Making.
Other Reynoldsburg students who placed in the top 10 in the state included seniors Xavier Colon and Rachel Phillips and sophomore Tellie Lee, placing eighth for their Learn and Earn Project; and juniors Kristina Kostovski and Ema Papic, ninth in Marketing Communications Team Decision-Making.
Pennycuff said the top-scoring students also earned a trip to compete at the international level. Coleman, Patterson and Smith will compete at the International DECA Career Development Conference May 3-6 in Atlanta. Junior Isaiah Curtis will also go to Atlanta, to attend the DECA Leadership Development Seminar.