“Make it Count” was the theme of the 2013-14 Employer Appreciation Luncheon hosted by Lakeland Union High School marketing and DECA at Reuland’s Catering Wednesday, May 21.
DECA member and marketing student Colleen Egan served as the master of ceremony and points to the efforts of all involved in the students’ education.
Egan said, “DECA and marketing are organizations that inspire students to challenge themselves and prepare them for the big, wide world of business, but it is also a place that promotes camaraderie. I understand now that success is not only the result of a sole individual working toward a single goal, but a partnership of people working together, step-by-step, to achieve multiple goals.
“Because of this promotion of teamwork, I feel I can now provide others, be it my DECA chapter, my current employer – Ace Hardware – or within a classroom environment, a better, more effective person, because of the growth and development I have achieved through my short time with marketing and DECA.”
The marketing/business program and DECA values the efforts of the community.
“We are so lucky to live and learn in the Lakeland area,” DECA advisor Shawn Umland said.
“A large number of our students gained valuable work experience and educational opportunities only made possible by caring businesses and business leaders.”
Prior to acknowledging students and their employers, Egan emphasizes the commitment of the local business community.
“The experiences gained have given me the ambition to pursue marketing as a professional career choice in my fast-approaching future at college; these first-hand situations and their guidance has allowed me to grow both academically, personally, and professionally as an upcoming businesswoman. I cannot express my gratitude to my employers in this short speech, but please accept my sincerest thank you for these wonderful opportunities to grow and develop as a businesswoman. I personally believe our chapter allows its members to ‘Make it Count’ and has the potential to achieve greatness in the future because of employers in front of us today.”
Training sponsors honored
The following training sponsors were recognized for their participation in the internship program this past school year:
• Cara Pluister of Perkins, sponsor of Emily Bushor and Kayla Houp.
• Stephanie Von Holdt of ToneZone Fitness, sponsor of Dean Chapman
• Melody Laudoff and Amy Schmidt of Northwoods Wal-Mart, sponsor of Eric Curtis.
• Charlie Gahler and Melissa Timmons of Ace Hardware, sponsor of Colleen Egan.
• Pat and Ann Ertl of Richardson Well Drilling and Darcey of Five Star Farms, sponsors of Payton Ertl.
• Mike Johnson and Lori Sutton of Dan’s Minocqua Fudge, sponsors of Benji Haling.
• Ron Hallstrom of Hallstrom Marine and Mary Pat Hallstrom of First Impressions, sponsors of Hannah Hallstrom.
• Bride Curtis and Dawn Knorr of Creative Kids, sponsors of Megan Hudy.
• John Hunter of REMAX Realty, sponsor of John Hunter.
• Lori Truemper of River Valley, sponsor of Natalie Jonas.
• Deb Hintz-Browne of Wal-Mart Subway, sponsor of Sara Kennedy.
• Amanda Krueger of Nicolet National Bank, sponsor of Wyatt Klimpke.
• Colleen Krolczyk of Lakeland Travel & Cruises and Donna Danato of Headwaters Restaurant, sponsors of Jessica McInnis.
• Judy Peitsch and Linda Swentzel of The Cheeseboard, sponsors of Monica Michaelis.
• Megan Rudisill of Wildberry Market, sponsor of Miriam Nei.
• John Evans and Tina Gallo of Evans Quick Lube, sponsors of Luke Niemi.
• Darcey Nicklaus of Five Star Farms, sponsor of Payton Ertl and Chayce Walker.
• Steven Peters of Pulsar Corporation, sponsor of Sam Peters.
• Jan Meyer of Coontail Sports, sponsors of Kara Petersen.
• Scott Williams of Minocqua Tire & Auto, sponsor of Drew Trapp.
• Alec and Christine Stenli and Fred Wrightsmen of Northern Pines Greenery, sponsors of Trevor Williams.
Community members recognized
Two businesses were honored for their years of dedication to the marketing program and DECA.
“Many great businesses contribute to our students’ education,” Umland said.
The following people and businesses were supportive of the marketing and business programs and DECA by hiring students, providing financial support of classroom and DECA activities, and curriculum advice: Judi Rossi and
Lisa Ottoson of Hoggie Doggies and Pam Siech and Don Jung of Save More Foods.
Student scholarships awarded
DECA also recognized students for four awards.
“Each year, the marketing education program and DECA recognizes those students who have excelled in the classroom, in the internship program, and in DECA,” Umland said. “Students take on additional responsibilities to improve themselves as men and women and to assist others to become better people,”
The scholarships awarded were vocational understanding – Megan Hudy; Civic Consciousness – Ellie Ottoson; Social Intelligence – Kayla Houp; and Outstanding Marketing Student of the Year – Colleen Egan.