Niewyk Judges High School Competition at Ferris State University

January 15, 2016

Ashlee DECA Conference photo - January 2016

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, Ferris State University welcomed over 650 high school students from Western and Northern Michigan to compete in the DECA District II Conference. Michigan’s DECA organization is the largest organization for students who plan to succeed in the marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurial fields. Student members gain leadership skills to succeed in these areas of the workforce.

Ashlee Niewyk, a RoMan Manufacturing Sales Associate, was empaneled as a member of a group judging student competition in a variety of career areas which help students develop their professional, interpersonal, and communication skills. Niewyk, was assigned to judge students competing in the “Business Law and Ethics” category. She judged six groups of students from different high schools, who had developed a report on a business proposition to their “CEO,” (Niewyk) on why the “company” should or should not sell their “cruelty free” animal products to China.

According to Niewyk her judging was based on the students’ knowledge and communication about the topic, as well the content of the report and their “savviness,” during the presentation. “I participated in DECA in high school and had the honor of being my high school’s DECA president,” said Niewyk. “So sitting there as a judge was a reminder of the importance of this program and how for me, the circle is now completed.

District II schools that participated in the one day conference include: Boyne City High School, Byron Center High School, Caledonia High School, Careerline Technical Center, East Kentwood High School, Forest Hills Central High School, Forest Hills Eastern High School, Forest Hills Northern High School, Fruitport High School, Grand Haven High School, Grandville High School, Greenville High School, Innovation Center High School, Jenison High School, Kent Career Technical Center, Montague High School, Petoskey High School and West Ottawa High School.