Three DECA Students Recognized for Work Towards Gold Level Certification

Three DECA Students Recognized for Work Towards Gold Level Certification

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L to R: Advisor Jon Repece, VP Fundraising Nick Hanni, VP Social Media Colin Karch, President Josh Wood and VP Competitive Events Ryan Fisher. Not Pictured: VP School Based Enterprise Brad Miller.

Three DECA students from Cinnaminson High School were recognized for their work towards Gold Level Certification of the CHS DECA chapter.

The School-Based Enterprise at Cinnaminson High School of Cinnaminson, NJ was among 360 school-based enterprises in the United States achieving Gold Level Certification (or Gold Level Re-certification) this year and will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California.

The students who worked on the certification were Michael McDonough, Bradley Miller and Christian Neuman, with the assistance of their advisor Jon Repece. The school-based enterprise at Cinnaminson High School has operated for 51 years and is to be commended for this achievement.

“These three students worked their tails off to get this project about our Student Store finished,” Repece said. “In total, it was 47 pages with all sorts of marketing strategies, financial info and pictures of our store. They did a fantastic job on it and were 1 of 6 schools in all of NJ that received this recognition.”

A school-based enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of the market. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum Standards in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality and Management.

Marketing educators and DECA advisors have utilized this effective educational tool for over four decades to provide their students with realistic and practical learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction, enhance 21st century skill development, and prepare students for college and careers.

DECA’s School-based Enterprise Certification Program was developed to provide recognition for outstanding achievement by school-based enterprises and to motivate SBEs to strive for excellence and growth. SBEs can be certified at three levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold.

In order to apply for the certification, SBEs must submit extensive documentation that demonstrates their adherence to various marketing and retail standards. After the documentation is submitted, a review committee evaluates the documentation to determine which level of certification has been achieved.

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com