Eight Lakeland Union High School DECA members qualified to represent LUHS and the State of Wisconsin at the 2014 International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga., May 3-6.
“Make It Count” was the state’s competition theme this year and they sure did.
“Students worked hard to prepare themselves to achieve the highest level. We have a very strong state organization, so it is amazing we qualified so many,” LUHS DECA advisor Shawn Umland said.
The team of Colleen Egan, Kayla Houp and Maggie Treants qualified with their first place finish in the Creative Marketing Project – Minocqua Perkins – Maintaining Dining Satisfaction.
According to senior Colleen Egan “The fulfillment of the experience is richer than any plaque or city one visits. The memories of the competitive spirit and friends made won’t ever be forgotten.”
Fellow teammate Maggie Treants, said, “The teamwork and creative juices put together by all members of the project and the team occupational series allowed us to share ideas regarding the projects and role plays in a creative manner. This is a skill set that is expected of us in the future.”
The team is very grateful to Cara Pluister of Minocqua Perkins for her support and contributions to the project.
More than 1,200 students from 84 schools around the State of Wisconsin competed at the Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva. Other Lakeland students who earned the right to represent Wisconsin DECA are Katelyn Neuberg, who placed third overall in the Creative Marketing Project – Minocqua Winter Park – Making It Cool for Kids; Berit Guthrie, who placed sixth overall in the Business Services Series while medaling in one of her role play events; Wyatt Klimpke who placed sixth overall in the Accounting Series; and the team of Frank Scandin and Andrew Schilling who placed sixth overall in the Buying and Merchandising Team Series.
Other competition results
Other medals earned by students were the team of Kayla Houp and Maggie Treants, who medaled in one role play and qualified for internationals in the Hospitality Services Team Series; Miriam Nei, who medaled on her test in the Food Marketing Series; and Katelyn Neuberg medaled in one of her role plays in the Restaurant Food Service Marketing Series.
Carli Boston, Ellie Ottoson, and Brina Trapp also participated in the competition.
Competition allows students to test their knowledge and skills against the best in the state. Students chose an occupational series in which to compete and then answered a 100-question comprehensive marketing test and a 100-question economics/math test.
They also had to participate in two role play events with business people. All four scores are added and the top six qualify for international competition in the occupational series and the top six qualify for international competition in the written projects. Participants had the opportunity to prepare and present a project and answer questions to the rationale and outcomes of that project.
Along with the students’ competitive success, LUHS DECA received the “Contributions to Charity Award” for the variety of civic projects completed since the beginning of the school year. Also, LUHS DECA was honored for its 100 hours of service dedicated to the community from the beginning of the school year through Jan. 31.
Lisa Ottoson was acknowledged with the “Friends of DECA Award” for the state. She was nominated by Umland and acknowledgements made by Mr. James Bouché, Mr. Justin Szews, and Mr. Don Scharbarth allowed her to earn this distinction as she contributes to LUHS DECA and the area communities.
Lakeland DECA will now compete in Atlanta as more than 15,000 students will be attending from around the world.
On Tuesday, April 8, Culver’s will sponsor 10 percent of sales that night from 4 p.m. until closing, with international qualifiers greeting and serving food for guests. Also, for every small and large pizza ordered from now until competition, Minocqua Pizza Company will donate $1.
On Saturday, April 19, LUHS DECA will host a bake sale with a site to be determined.
Competition is expensive. “With airline tickets, registration, and housing, it will cost each participant over $1,000 to attend. Any assistance from any organizations or individuals would be tremendous,” Umland said.
If anyone is interested in donating to these students’ competition costs, call Shawn Umland at 715-356-5252, ext. 3516, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.