DECA Sends Record Number To International Conference

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By: 
Perry Hibner, Community Relations Specialist for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District
The MHS DECA team

A record 13 MHS students qualified for next month’s DECA International Career Development Conference at the end of April in Anaheim, Calif.

Bob Hutchison said it was the most students the school has qualified for the international conference since he took over the DECA program at MHS in 2001.

Meanwhile, Madeline Guyette was elected to serve as vice president of chapter development for Wisconsin DECA for the 2013-2014 school year. Her duties include providing resources to help chapters from around the state become strong DECA chapters. She is the second state officer MHS has had under Hutchison.

“I believe Madeline will do an excellent job as the Vice-President of Chapter Development for Wisconsin DECA,'' Hutchison said. “She is a major reason why Middleton DECA has grown to be the chapter it is today.”

The MHS students who qualified for ICDC are: Brian Keenan and Brandon Olstad (entrepreneurship innovation plan team); Stephanie Reiss and Marissa Nelson (business law team event); Colin Masnica and Tristan Schultz (financial services team event); Shannon Murphy and Julie Rickert (marketing communications team event); Kirstin Kravik and Bennett Miyagawa (marketing communications team event); Ivraj Seerha (human resources management); Randy Perez (sports and entertainment marketing); Madeline Guyette (hotel and lodging management).

MHS just missed out on a 14 qualifier as Andrea Green received honorable mention in human resources management.

“Since I started at Middleton High School in 2001, this is the most students I've had qualify for nationals,'' Hutchison said. “From their success at districts to how they performed at state, it's clear these students were ready to compete.  I am very proud of their accomplishments.”

In all 23 MHS students competed at the DECA State Career Development Conference at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva last week. The students took multiple choice tests and performed role plays based on situations they would encounter if they worked in marketing related field.

Students are awarded medals based on their test scores and performance in the role plays. Medal winners were Kate Degler, Andrea Green,  Madeline Guyette, Brian Keenan, Kirstin Kravik,  Colin Masnica, Jack Mayers, Bennett Miyagawa, Shannon Murphy,  Marissa Nelson, Megan Norton, Brandon Olstad, Randy Perez, Stephanie Reiss, Julie Rickert, Tristan Schultz, Ivraj Seerha, and Joclyn Tiedt.

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) has been around for more than 60 years and has more than 185,000 student members in 5,000 high schools. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

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