LAKE GENEVA — The Glenwood City High School recently had six DECA members compete at the three-day State DECA Competition March 10-12 at the Lake Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva.
The DECA members competing were Gabby Porter, Tia Carlson, Jake Hennessy, Andrew Bauman, Nick Schone, and Kaylie Scalze. The students qualified for State after competing at the DECA Districts Competition, which was held January 10 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. DECA Advisor and Marketing/Business Instructor Carrie Hentz accompanied the students.
At the competition all students took a 100-question business competency written exam, participated in role-play events, and Gabrielle Porter competed in a professional selling event.
Competitors are evaluated based on critical thinking, creativity, communication skills, professionalism, along with business and marketing knowledge.
In addition to the competition, students attended educational sessions related to entrepreneurship, attended formal and social banquets, and enjoyed a variety of networking events.
Both Kaylie Scalze (Principles of Business Administration) and Jacob Hennessy (Automotive Services Marketing) were top finalists (top 20 percent) in their events and earned the chance to compete at the International level April 25-28 in Orlando, Florida.
Andrew Bauman and Tia Carlson competed in the team event Financial Services and were recognized on stage for a high test score. Glenwood City DECA also earned the “Diamond Chapter Award” for outstanding chapter commitment and support of Wisconsin DECA.
“‘We are DECA’, I think I heard that phrase a million times during state, but this statement is true. I was so fortunate to go to state with my inspiring, enthusiastic chapter. I couldn’t imagine the experience with any others. We choose to motivate and encourage one another in every way. DECA State and DECA as a whole has prepared me for excellence with real world situations, and has influenced my future career. I have a better understanding of problem solving, being quick on my feet, and dedication. Joining DECA was one of the best things I could have ever done. My only regret is that I would have joined my freshman year. I didn’t just join a club I joined a family. Thank you for the best two years! Stay golden,” shared Gabrielle Porter.
“I’ve really enjoyed being a part of DECA! I’ve learned and experienced so many things that I never would have been able to, had I not been a part of DECA. Many of the things I’ve learned have helped me and will continue to help me throughout my life and future career! DECA has made me feel more confident in my ability to act appropriately among business professionals and in job situations. I have enjoyed competing and meeting other individuals who share similar interests and are dedicated to achieving success. DECA inspires and motivates me to work hard in everything I do to achieve my future career goals! I look forward to being a part of DECA for the rest of my time in high school!,” said Tia Carlson.
“The DECA State Career Development Competition was truly an amazing experience for me. I had the opportunity to travel with 5 other members that are all State veterans, two of them three-time State qualifies, along with Mrs. Hentz our awesome advisor. I personally had a lot of fun meeting new people, listening to alumni, and trying lots of new things. The competitions are great! They bring you right into real life situations and challenges you to be professional, creative, and to push your boundaries. There’s no way to possibly describe the feeling you get when you’re in the ballroom with over a thousand other students, the music roaring, and the lights flashing. The energy is electric and thrilling. I was so honored to go on stage and hear my name called for 5th place knowing that I earned my way to Internationals! I’ll never forget this incredible time filled with so many memories,” expressed Kaylie Scalze.
DECA is seeking individuals or businesses whom would be willing to offer financial contributions that would be used to offset the cost of students to attend the national competition in Orlando, Florida; each student that has earned the right to compete is faced with a $900 expense. While DECA and the students will work to defray some of this expense, this price tag presents a lofty challenge. If you are willing to help provide this worthy educational opportunity for our students, please contact Carrie Hentz, DECA Adviser at (715) 265-4266.