Emily Avellana, GHS Whiz Kid, is the DECA State Champion

Emily takes first place over 30 students in Illinois last weekend in Decatur.

Emily Avellana hasn't even taken the required high school Consumer Education class at Geneva High School, but she won first place in the state DECA competition last weekend in the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism Event.

Whiz Kid: Emily Avellana

Whiz Kid's School: Geneva Community High School

Whiz Kid's Accomplishment: Champion in the DECA State Competition

Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness:

The DECA competition for the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism included tests in Economics and Career Cluster as well as two role-play interviews with judges. Under the guidance and training of Eric Hatczel, the GHS DECA sponsor, Emily answered questions on marketing systems, fiscal policy and inflation and beat 30 students for the top prize.

This is Emily's first year in the DECA club which meets two to three times a month. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Participants in the Hospitality and Tourism event are not informed in advance of how they will be evaluated.

Emily hopes to study International Business and Marketing after high school.

About this Feature

Each week, Geneva Patch seeks suggestions from you for individual kids, youth groups, teens, and even sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments.

We want to hear about Geneva's amazing children and teens and select one each week as the Geneva Patch Whiz Kid. Submit your nomination in our comment box below or e-mail the information to Terry Emma at temma@ameritech.net, Moms Council member Kyla Keime atKeime@sbcglobal.net or Geneva Patch Editor Rick Nagel at rickn@patch.com.

A name and contact information is enough to nominate, but if possible, include the following information:

  • Nominator's Name
  • Nominator's E-Mail
  • Whiz Kid's Name
  • Whiz Kid's Age
  • Whiz Kid's School
  • Whiz Kid's Accomplishment
  • Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness (What made him/her successful? Just 150 words is plenty, but write as long or as short as you wish.)

If you have any questions, contact Rick at rickn@patch.com or 630-886-0792.



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