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Collegiate DECA chapter shines at state conference

WCTC’s Collegiate DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) chapter took home two of the highest honors at the 2017 Wisconsin Collegiate DECA state conference held Feb. 23-25 in Delavan. The chapter captured both the DECA Diamond Trophy and the Civic Consciousness Award.

The DECA Diamond Trophy is awarded to the chapter who displayed overall leadership in the four points of the DECA Diamond – career understanding, civic consciousness, social intelligence and leadership development. WCTC took home the Civic Consciousness Award for raising more than $1,600 for the National Kidney Foundation. Both honors acknowledge the dedication and performance of chapter officers and members throughout the year.

In addition to the chapter awards, two WCTC students were entered in the running for the Collegiate DECA Student of the Year Award. Marketing student DeAnn Sader took home first place and accounting student Joe Hagen was a finalist. Sader and Hagen presented their portfolios, resumes and program work accomplishments to a Collegiate DECA alumni panel.

The annual conference brings together Collegiate DECA chapters from across the state and includes a mixture of professional development sessions, business related competitions and an awards celebration. Competitions are held in career fields such as marketing, management, human resources and entrepreneurship. Students compete to advance to the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) which is held April 19-22 in Anaheim, Calif.

Seventeen students from WCTC attended the conference and all qualified to attend ICDC. A complete listing of competitive event award recipients and national qualifiers is below.


Financial Statement Analysis – 1st Place

Brooke Hain

Chris Hampel

Entrepreneurship – 1st Place

Dustin Swim

Restaurant and Food Service Management – 1st Place

Jacob Gunderson

Human Resources – 2nd Place

Brittany Steinbring

Sales Manager Meeting – 3rd Place

Dustin Swim

Sports and Entertainment Marketing – 3rd Place

Ryan Tan

Reilly Zweifel

Advertising Campaign – 3rd Place – Team

Mandi Lancour

Anna Radewahn

Nick Sharafinski

Management Institutes – Team Case Study

Anna Radewahn 1st Place

Reilly Zweifel 1st Place

Joe Hagen 2nd Place

Brooke Hain 2nd Place

DeAnn Sader 2nd Place

Chris Hampel 2nd Place

Rebekah Banaszak 3rd Place

National Qualifiers

Steven Ell, Retail Management

DeAnn Sader, Hotel and Lodging Management

Randy Staszak, Human Resources

Abby Litzau, Marketing Management

Rebekah Banaszak, Marketing Management

Ashley Smith, Marketing Management

Zach Groesschl, Marketing Management

Joe Hagen, Accounting