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STATE DECA RESULTS

February 12, 2014
By Terry Werner of Northwest Montana A Conference



 

February 9-11th

Great Falls MT

Whitefish Students Shine at DECA Competition

 

Great Falls, Montana:  Early Sunday morning, 47 Whitefish high school students of the Whitefish DECA organization team traveled to compete in the state competition held in Great Falls, Montana. “DECA chapters operate in over 4,000 high schools across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and territories, Mexico, Germany and Canada. With over 180,000 members, mostly juniors and seniors, DECA’s high school division is recognized and endorsed by all 50 state departments of education and the U.S. Department of Education. Membership in the high school division is open to students with a career interest in marketing, management, hospitality, finance, entrepreneurship, and/or business administration. DECA programs are co-curricular, meaning programs complement nationally recognized curriculum standards in the classroom and then go further to incorporate realistic educational experiences not available through classroom instruction alone. The principles guiding the association’s programs are curriculum related career skills, workplace experiences, community service.”

The team competed as early as Sunday afternoon in hopes of winning a chance to compete in the international convention (top 3 advance to the international competition) held in Atlanta, Georgia  in early May. Each student participated in the “role-play” competition, using their poise, marketing knowledge, and business sense to solve marketing problems in real-life situations in front of a judge. Of those, 40 participants were awarded a chance to compete in the “finals” round on Tuesday morning.  There, they would have to compete in another “role-play” situation, giving them only ten minutes to prepare for their judge.

As the conference came to a close, the awards ceremony proved to be no less nerve-wracking than the competition.  Whitefish was one of 11 state wide DECA chapters and more than 450 students whom participated in the event.  Of the 22 role play events, Whitefish had 29 students place 1st, 2nd or 3rd which qualified them to travel on to Atlanta for the International Conference in May.  The following are the results. 

Top 3 results

Ella Kobelt—1st Marketing Management, 3rd Entrepreneurship Innovation

Caroline Carbo—3rd Restaurant Service Marketing and 3rd Entrepreneurship Innovation

McKenzie Wick—3rd Sports and Entertainment Team, 3rd Entrepreneurship Innovation

Arden Greenwood—2nd Principles of Marketing

Jack Brandt—1st Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Emma Claire Springs—3rd Travel and Tourism Marketing Team, 2nd Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

Kate Doorn—3rd Travel and Tourism Team

Sam Benkelman—1st Food Marketing, 1st Human Resource Management

Scott Kahle—2nd Automobile Marketing

Keaton Grove—1st Financial Analysis Team,  3rd in Accounting Application

Myndie Holbrook—3rd Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

Malia Morris—3rd Marketing Management

Hayley Delagnes—1st Apparel and Accessories, 2nd Hotel Lodging Marketing

Chaffin Ross—1st Quick Serve Restaurant Marketing

Sloan Ellis—1st Financial Analysis Team, 1st Business Finance

Marlow Schulz—3rd Sports and Entertainment Team

Walter Sobba—1st Hospitality Marketing Team

Nathan Boone—1st Hospitality Marketing Team, 1st Hotel Lodging Marketing

Erin Tabish—3rd Hotel Lodging, 2nd Retail Merchandising


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