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Collegiate DECA members earn multiple awards at state conference


Several WCTC Marketing students competed – and placed – in the Collegiate DECA State Career Development Conference held at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wis., Feb 22-25. Students from Wisconsin technical colleges and University of Wisconsin campuses attended the event and competed in testing, prepared events, case studies and management institutes. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Congratulations to the following students/groups for their achievements!

Specialty Awards/Recognitions

  • Collegiate DECA-Professional Development Council Student of the Year: Rebekah Banaszak – 1st Place, Ryan Tan -- 2nd Place

  • Civic Consciousness Award: WCTC Chapter (For raising money for the Collegiate DECA Relief Fund, which will help those affected by natural disasters this past year)

  • Diamond Trophy: WCTC Chapter, 3rd Place (For displaying overall leadership in four areas: Career Understanding, Civic Consciousness, Social Intelligence and Leadership Development)

  • Rebekah Banaszak, WCTC Collegiate DECA president, was elected Wisconsin Collegiate DECA vice president

Competitive Events by Category

  • Accounting: Jacob Gunderson – 2nd Place
  • Entrepreneurship: Rebekah Banaszak – 2nd Place
  • Restaurant and Food Service Management: Amy Nicklosovich – 3rd Place
  • Fashion Merchandising and Marketing: Ryan Tan – 2nd Place; Meg Andrew – 3rd Place
  • Hotel and Lodging: Rebekah Banaszak – 1st Place
  • Management Institutes – Team Case Study: Ashley Denruiter – 1st Place, Mackenzie Peters – 1st Place, Zach Groeschl – 2nd Place, Eladio Basquez – 3rd Place

National Qualifiers/Category

  • Marketing Communication: Ashley Denruiter, Mitchel Denruiter
  • Culinary Institute / Restaurant and Food Service: Oscar Prince
  • Human Resources: Tessa Even
  • Restaurant and Food Service Management: Mackenzie Peters
  • Marketing Management: Eladio Basquez
  • Marketing / Management Institute: Zach Groeschl

Event Testing Top Finalists/Category

  • Accounting: Jacob Gunderson
  • Hotel and Lodging: Rebekah Banaszak
  • Restaurant and Food Service Management: Amy Nicklosovich, Mackenzie Peters
  • Human Resources: Tessa Even
  • Marketing Management: Eladio Basquez