In spite of their season being cut short, Burnsville High School DECA is proud of the strides they made this year and the success of students who qualified for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which was originally planned to take place in Nashville at the end of April.
With nearly two-thirds of the students qualifying for state, this year's Burnsville chapter has been the most successful to date. More than 2,400 students competed at state — a record for Minnesota DECA — and Burnsville had five students qualify for finals.
Emma Hovde (Minnesota DECA State Officer) qualified in two events: Marketing Communications Role Play and Community Giving Project with Lucas Johnson (20-page paper & presentation).
Lucas Johnson ranked in the top 8 for Business Services Marketing Role Play event and qualified for ICDC in a team event with Emma Hovde in the Community Giving Project.
Matthew Nguyen qualified in Business Finance Role Play event.
Anthony Tran placed in the top 8 for Food Marketing Role Play event and qualified for Thrive Academy at ICDC.
Marshall Norring placed in the top 12 for Business Services Marketing Role Play event and qualified for Thrive Academy at ICDC.
Burnsville DECA also won in the Promotional and Membership campaign which allotted spots at ICDC, providing Marshall and Anthony the opportunity to attend Thrive Academy at ICDC.
“Each DECA student has contributed to this year's DECA program and they have been wildly successful,” said Meggan Malone, DECA advisor. “I am impressed with the way these students represented Burnsville, from its membership involvement to the leadership of the officers. I couldn't be more proud of our chapter!”
The ICDC features over 25,000 students from around the world competing in events. It is a highly-competitive conference and an honor to qualify.