DECA has its finest hours at national competition

Elk River High School’s DECA program had some of its finest hours at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Fla. recently.

During the business and marketing experience, the participants learned leadership skills, participated in teamwork exercises, and completed a service learning project where they earned $9,250 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

The Elk River DECA Chapter received special recognition from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for being one of the top 10 fund-raising chapters in the nation.

During some downtime, the DECA group visited Harry Potter Island at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla.

Chapter representatives were invited to a recognition brunch hosted by MDA. Students were able to meet and speak to Luke Christie, MDA’s national youth chairman. Over the past 10 years Elk River DECA has raised over $30,000 through fund-raising events for MDA.

DECA, an association of marketing students, prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Andrew Larson (10th grade) and Thomas Eichten (11th grade) graduated from DECA’s Leadership Development Academy, designed to train the future leaders of DECA.

Mallorie Baron (12 th grade), Erin Crotty (12), Alyssa Deterding (12), Haley Friend (12), Alison Hannan (12), Rachel Janc (12), Griffie Jess (12), Lucas Lenertz (12), Kelli Loberg (12), Megan Nelson (12), Lizzie Nelson (12), Jordan Olson (12), Vanessa Panchyshyn (11), Hollie Taylor (12) and Monica Thiegs (12) took part in DECA’s competitive events program. The following students were finalists (top 16) in their events:

Hollie Taylor (12) – Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan

Jordan Olson (12), Kelli Loberg (12), Megan Nelson (12) – Financial Operations Research Event

Lucas Lenertz (12), Lizzie Nelson (12), Haley Friend (12) – Chapter Community Service Project

Vanessa Panchyshyn (11) – Quick Serve Restaurant Role Play

Sonja Weiler has been Elk River High School’s DECA adviser for 12 years.

The Elk River DECA Chapter held its end-of-the-year banquet on Tuesday, May 17 at Northfork in Ramsey. The 2011–12 Chapter Officer Team was announced and awards were presented.


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