Thirty Burnsville High School DECA students competed at the 2018 Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference (SCDC), held March 4-6 in Minneapolis. One student qualified for Nationals and nine students were named state finalists in a competition that had more than 2,000 students compete.
Senior Ryan Horrocks was a state finalist in the Advanced Interview and Marketing Communications series. He placed third in the Marketing Communications series event and qualified for DECA Nationals, which will be April 21-24 in Georgia.
Other students who qualified for finals at the state level include Jake Chudecke, Kaylee Martynow and Elizabeth McCormick for their Public Relations Project (9th place); Ariana Driscoll-Cherland and Emma Hovde for their Financial Literacy Promotions Project (7th place);
Matthew Nguyen for his Principles of Marketing event (8th place and top 10% in his test category); Kayla Kallstrom for Sales Demonstration Hard Line (5th place); and Victor Sanchez for Business Services Marketing series (10th place).
In addition, Ryan Blackwood placed in the top 10% of his test category, Elizabeth McCormick was selected for the Minnesota DECA Scholarship, and Matthew Nguyen’s and Victor Sanchez’s project placed second overall in the Marketing Plan Project competition.
“This year SCDC was the most competitive I have ever seen, with more students and more sections in each event,” said BHS DECA advisor and business teacher Meggan Malone. “Burnsville students couldn’t have made me more proud with their professional attitudes and preparedness for their events.”
DECA is a leadership program that provides real-world experiences to prepare students for careers in finance, entrepreneurship, hospitality, marketing and management. Students in DECA-related classes, such as Introduction to Business and Marketing, Professional Sales and Marketing, and DECA Seminar, also have the opportunity to participate in competitive events that focus on demonstrating the skills they’ve learned.