DECA Students Compete in State Competition; Advance to Nationals April 24

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On March 19-21, teams from the four Green Bay Area Public School District high schools competed with other schools across Wisconsin at the DECA state competition in Lake Geneva, WI. DECA is a business and marketing club that allows students to compete in teams of one or two as they present solutions to business and marketing issues. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. The results from the state competition are as follows. An asterisk (*) denotes the students that have advanced and chosen to compete in the national competition in their respective events on April 24-28 in Anaheim, CA:

East High School
• Troy LeCaire – Top 10 finalist, Food Marketing
• Landon Renard – Finalist, Restaurant Full Service

Preble High School
• Dalton Tielens & Luke Dagneau – Business Law and Ethics*
• Blake Schweiner & Kassidy Koch – Hospitality and Tourism Research*

West High School
• Cassidy Callahan & Katie Lynch – Gold Re-certification of the School Based Enterprise*
• Bri Wenzel & Maiya Weber – Senior Management Institute*
• Jacob Jones – 3rd place, Restaurant and Food Service Management

Southwest High School
Competitive Tests and Role Plays Awards
• Jacob Gussert & Mitch McMahon – 1st place, Sports and Entertainment Marketing*
• Savannah Kuehn – 5th place, Hotel and Lodging Marketing
• Sam Holland – 3rd place, Business Finance*
• Elizabeth Conard – 5th place, Marketing Management*
• Matt McMahon & Peter Meikle – Top 10 finalist, Sports and Entertainment Marketing
• Emily Haines and Robyn Hjalmquist – Top 10 finalist, Travel and Tourism Marketing
• Alison Anderson – Top 10 finalist, Human Resources Management
• Caroline Kaufman – Role Play medalist, Quick Service Marketing
• Caleb Gabavics – Role Play medalist, Quick Service Marketing
• Andrew Stieber – Role Play medalist, Sports Marketing

Manuals Awards – Students had the opportunity to research and write DECA manuals, which were marketing plans geared to local businesses.
• Matt McMahon, Peter Meikle & Bryan Tomaszewski – 1st place, Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan*
• Caroline Kaufman & Savannah Keuhn – 2nd place, Creative Marketing Plan *
• Emily Haines & Robyn Hjalmquist – 2nd place, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
• Jacob Gussert & Mitch McMahon – 3rd place, Public Relations Manual
• Alison Anderson – 5th place, Community Service Project*
• Caleb Gabavics, Seth Hintz & Kevin Olson – Finalist, School Based Enterprise*
• Kahlil McKenzie – Thrive Academy*

At the state competition, Southwest DECA also earned an award for contributions to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the 100 Hours of Service award, and the DECA Acts of Kindness Award.

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