Academy alum takes home state title at prestigious conference in Detroit


Grosse Pointe Academy alum David Scupholm (’13), currently a senior at Grosse Pointe South High School, recently earned a state championship from a prestigious competition held last weekend in downtown Detroit. The Michigan chapter of DECA, or Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an association of students in the state who are planning careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. DECA holds annual conferences and competitions throughout Michigan with the finals typically hosted in Detroit. Next year’s conference finals are scheduled for March 9-11, 2018.

Scupholm won his state title in the “Business Services – Marketing” event, which pitted him against hundreds of other high schoolers at Detroit’s Cobo Center on examinations and presentations that highlight a detailed business plan. Students were challenged to perform marketing functions and tasks involved in providing services to businesses on a fee or contract basis or providing services to consumers.

The criteria for Scupholm’s competition category at DECA included understanding the tools, techniques, and systems that businesses use to create exchanges and satisfy organizational objectives; understanding marketing’s role and function in business to facilitate economic exchanges with customers; and explaining marketing’s importance to the global economy.

Scupholm, who will graduate from South in May, also was recently named a finalist in the latest edition of the National Merit Scholarship competition, making him eligible for one of the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $33 million that will be offered nationwide to the Class of 2017. He plans to major in business or pre-law in college and is anxiously awaiting to hear in the next few weeks from a number of colleges and universities to which he has applied.

Congratulations and good luck, David!

More on DECA: With nearly a 70-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. Their strong connection with our organization has resonated into a brand that people identify as a remarkable experience in the preparation of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. DECA’s programs and activities have constantly evolved as we use the latest technology and apply cutting edge educational research. Our core focus has remained consistent and is captured in our mission.


About The Grosse Pointe Academy
The Grosse Pointe Academy is an independent, coeducational day school serving children age 2-1/2 through Grade 8. We foster an inclusive environment that respects all cultures and religious beliefs. We seek to remain faithful to our heritage as a former Academy of the Sacred Heart and to those who through their Catholic faith and perseverance sought to preserve and enhance the legacy of this past for generations. Incorporated as a non-profit institution, The Grosse Pointe Academy is directed by a Board of Trustees working together to serve the Southeastern Michigan community.