Goodman students victorious at international DECA competition

They were among a crowd of more than 1,500 competitors, but four students from Brock’s Goodman School of Business recently earned the spotlight on an international stage.On April 22, business students Steven Simons, Arusa Mithani, Julia Baird-Oryschak and Shehryar Khalid won top awards at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif.DECA is an international organization that prepares students at both the high school and university levels for leadership through competitive events and professional development activities.Simons and Mithani placed first overall in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing category, Baird-Oryschak placed second overall in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, and Khalid placed third overall in Banking Financial Services.The competition required students to read and analyze short business cases and present their recommendations to judges — all under a time crunch.The win comes after the Goodman DECA team earned 18 medals at the DECA U Provincials competition in January, setting a new medal count record for the Goodman School of Business.Interim Dean Barry Wright said this latest achievement, while impressive on its own, is the icing on the cake of an already successful competition season.“We are so proud of our students who continue to gain recognition and make positive impressions on judges,” he said. “Winning at an international level is an excellent way to end a banner year of competition awards.”Simons, who also served as this year’s President of Goodman DECA, said the results are a testament to the hard work put in by the entire 52-student team.“When you look at our team, our students have the work ethic and dedication that it takes to win,” he said. “Many of our students went above and beyond and came in for extra practices and training throughout the year.”The third-year business student started participating in DECA in Grade 11 and has learned a lot from five years of competitions.Describing himself as a quiet student, Simons said DECA helped to push him out of his comfort zone.“If you had told me in high school that in a few years I would be an international champion at a presentation-type competition, I wouldn’t have believed it,” he said.“I think it’s great to see that with DECA, you can get involved as a delegate and then move up. The opportunities keep growing exponentially after that. That’s what DECA has been for me.”With an extensive training program established and a track record of success in place, Simons’ goal this year as chapter president was to continue to build a supportive culture within his team.“We wanted everyone to feel like they had 51 new friends that they could fully trust and rely on for anything they needed,” he said. “Once you’ve built that level of confidence, people are in a much better environment to actually learn and put in the work. I think everyone doing that collectively is what helped us get the exceptional results at both Provincials and ICDC. Having the support of your fellow team members gives you that extra boost of confidence going into a competition.” read more

Poll Would you be comfortable going to a pub or club and

first_img I have done it, it was alright (2924) RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT one in five Irish people have not had a drink in the last year.Yesterday, TheJournal.ie posted the experiences of two teetotallers in Irish cities, both of whom say that going to pubs and nightclubs can be an unpleasant experience for those not imbibing.Many in the comments and through email agreed, but what about you? Would you do it? Have you done it? How was it? Let us know in the comments.We’re asking: Would you be comfortable going to a pub or club and not drinking?  I have done it, not enjoyed it (2399) Yes (2353) I don’t know (169)center_img YesNoI have done it, not enjoyed itI have done it, it was alrightI don’t knowVoteRead: Sober Ireland: What’s it like to not drink in Ireland? Poll Results: No (1128)last_img read more