South Central College Collegiate DECA Students Compete at International Competition

(May 4, 2015) - Eighteen South Central College Business, Culinary and Marketing students competed at the DECA International Career Development Conference April 18 – 21 in Orlando, FL, after qualifying at their state competition in February. In addition to testing their competition skills, the conference gave the students an opportunity to network with people from around the world and enhance their professional portfolio. The South Central College Collegiate DECA Chapter also received the “Leadership Passport Presidential Award” for community involvement throughout the year. Advisors for the chapter are South Central College instructors Michael Broughten and Roberta Moorhouse.

Students were allowed to compete in only one event that was predetermined by their state competition. South Central College (SCC) students competed in the following events:

Culinary Management Institute (13 total teams of three competed, including 3 teams from SCC)
Ali Gartner (from Minnesota Lake), Megan Schauer (from Mankato), Zach Janssen (from Mankato)
Tiela Hillyer (from Mankato), Cheyenne Narber (from St. James), Peter Dumas (from Owatonna)
Ashley Weeres (from Dayton), Sydney Tyley (from Crystal) and Cody Melcher (from Wells)                                                              

Marketing Management Individual Case Problem (65 total individuals competed)
Cole Reinarts (from New Ulm)

Restaurant and Food Service Management Business Simulation (58 total individuals competed)
Lacey Hassing (from Wells)

Retail Management Business Simulation (57 individuals competed)
Josh Dittrich (from New Ulm)

Business Ethics Team Case (36 teams of two competed)
Kristine McCreary (from Faribault) and Ben Sears (from North Mankato)
Event finalists in the first round of 12 top teams and competed in round two

Sports and Entertainment Marketing – Team Case (47 teams of two competed, including 2 from SCC)
Team 1: Nathan Qualley (from Nicollet) and Mason Hjelmeland (from Cokato)
Team 2: Landon Brown (from Mankato) and Jacob Ward (from Mankato)
Event finalists in the first round of 12 top teams and placed in the top 10 in the final round

Entrepreneurship Challenge Event (52 teams of two registered at the conference for an Extra Chance to compete)
Landon Brown (from Mankato) and Jacob Ward (from Mankato)
Placed second in the nation to win a $1,000 award

Jacob and Landon were previously recognized for winning the Global 2014 DECA Idea Challenge in January

Approximately 1,200 students from the US, Canada and China attended the international conference. Collegiate DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in colleges around the globe.