By Kelsie Hoitomt
MENOMONIE — 13 Glenwood City High School students participated in the DECA Districts’ competition held in Menomonie at the University of Wisconsin-Stout on Saturday, January 10.
There were 660 students all together with 23 events possible to be participated in. Only the top two advance to State, which means out of 660 DECA members, only 46 move on.
Each DECA chapter is however allowed to take additional students in a project. Role Play qualifiers advance on from Districts, but the projects are not judged until State.
The Glenwood City DECA program continued to show outstanding results despite that slim figure considering they will be bringing six out of their 13 competitors to State.
Nick Schone went to State last year and he will be making another trip after he placed first in the Accounting Applications event.
Jake Hennessy is making another appearance as well after placing second in the Automotive Services Marketing event. Jake made it beyond State last year and looks to make a repeat trip to the International competition.
Kaylie Scalzie is advancing to State after placing third in Principles of Business Administration.
Gabby Porter received a role play medal for Human Resources Management.
Taylor Drinkman and Sam Melendrez each received the top finalist honor, which is finishing in the top 25 percent. Taylor will be presenting a project on Hotel and Lodging Management.
There is also one team advancing to State. Tia Carlson and Andrew Bauman worked together as a team in the Financial Analysis event.
“DECA teaches valuable experiences that cannot be found in the classroom, yet reinforces lesson learned at school. Having gone to DECA Nationals twice, I find that DECA allows me to make valuable connections and provides opportunities that cannot be found anywhere else,” shared Jake Hennessy.
“DECA brings you face to face with your future. Through DECA, you make connections with business leaders, colleges, and other students from across the country. It challenges you to be your best while thinking outside the box to solve real world problems. DECA not only introduces you to how to be a professional, but it is fun, challenging, and rewarding all at the same time. I couldn’t have asked for a better club to be a part of and am grateful to have this wonderful opportunity,” said Kaylie Scalze.
DECA is a way for students to put their knowledge into action through rigorous project-based activities that require creative solutions with practical outcome.
The activities provide authentic, experimental learning methods to prepare students for college and careers.
DECA partners with businesses at local and broader levels and those individuals provide students with a realistic insight into industry, which promotes meaningful and relevant learning.
The State competition will be March 10 and 11 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin at the Grand Geneva Hotel and Resort.
Holmen High School students took seven first places to lead 16 schools in the 43rd annual DECA District One Career Development Conference Saturday, Jan. 10, at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
A total of 52 winners and runners-up advanced to the 50th state DECA Career Development Conference to be held March 10-12 in Lake Geneva.
About 500 students competed in 17 individual events and seven team events.
Holmen also had the most state qualifiers with 11 followed by West Salem with eight. Eau Claire North, Hudson, Menomonie and Northwestern were next with four qualifiers apiece.
Besides Glenwood City, the other participating schools were Ashland, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire Memorial, La Crosse Central, La Crosse Logan, Sparta, St. Croix Falls, Superior and Tomah.
Since 1946 DECA has provided co-curricular programs for students around the world interested in marketing, finance, hospitality and management careers.