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LUHS DECA students excel at district competition
Eleven students headed to state
Wyatt Bauer and Michael Parker say farewell to their judge after the promotions role play in the sports and entertainment team series.Contributed photograph 

Wyatt Bauer and Michael Parker say farewell to their judge after the promotions role play in the sports and entertainment team series.

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The team of Jacob Baxter and Dean Chapman work together during their ethics role play prep time in the sports and entertainment team series.Contributed photograph 

The team of Jacob Baxter and Dean Chapman work together during their ethics role play prep time in the sports and entertainment team series.

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Berit Guthrie’s and Katelyn Neuberg’s first place finishes led Lakeland DECA at the 2014 District II Career Development Conference at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids on Friday, Jan. 10. 

More than 340 students from 11 schools participated in the competition where students pick an occupational series and take a 100-question multiple choice test on economics, a 100-question multiple choice test relative to their occupational area, and perform two role play events with a business person concerning two of the following issues: sales, promotion, distribution, product development, marketing research, human resources, management, ethics, communications, and pricing.

First-time competitor and senior marketing student, Colleen Egan, nearly didn’t attend. “Due to nerves and not sure what to expect, I almost didn’t go. I am so happy my father told me to follow through with what I commit to. With Mr. Umland’s coaching, I did well, though I was hoping for a higher finish,” Egan said. 

Neuberg was excited from the very start. “I love this kind of competition. I enjoy working with people and putting my social and business skills test. I am so happy that I finished first and really look forward to state competition,” first-time competitor and senior marketing student Neuberg said.

Lakeland earned many honors this year. The list of winners are Accounting, Wyatt Klimpke medaled in the Economics Test, the Occupational Series Test, and third place Overall Series Honor; Riley Neri medaled in the Economics Test, the Occupational Series Test, Role Play #1, Role Play #2, and Honorable Mention Overall; Benji Haling medaled in the Economics Test, the Occupational Series Test, and Honorable Mention Overall; Logan Crabill medaled in Role Play #2; and Patrick Rucinski medaled in Role Play #1.

Apparel & Accessories: Brina Trapp medaled in the Economics Test, the Occupational Series Test, Role Play #1, Role Play #2, and 2nd Place Overall Series Honor. Automotive Marketing: Sam Peters medaled in the Economics Test. Business Services: Berit Guthrie medaled in the Economics Test, the Occupational Series Test, Role Play #1, Role Play #2, and first place Overall Series Honor. Food Marketing: Miriam Nei medaled in the Occupational Series Test, Role Play #1, Role Play #2, and third place Overall Series Honor.

Hotel & Lodging: Madison Mueth medaled in the Economics Test and the Occupational Series Test; Human Resource Management: Colleen Egan medaled in the Occupational Series Test, Role Play #1, and Honorable Mention Overall; Demko Elm medaled in the Occupational Series Test. 

Marketing Management: Ian Donovan medaled in the Economics Test, the Occupational Series Test, Role Play #2, and Honorable Mention Overall.

Restaurant Quick Serve: Emily Bushor finished Honorable Mention Overall. Restaurant Full Serve: Katelyn Neuberg medaled in the Economics Test, the Occupational Series Test, Role Play #1, Role Play #2, and first place Overall Series Honor; Lauren Schilling medaled in the Economics Test and the Occupational Test. Sports & Entertainment Individual: Andrew Schilling medaled in the Economics Test, the Occupational Series Test, and Honorable Mention Overall.

Buying & Merchandising Team: Frank Scandin medaled in the Economics Test, the Occupational Series Test, and Honorable Mention Overall. Team of Ellie Ottoson & Carli Boston medaled in the Occupational Series Test and Honorable Mention Overall. 

Hospitality Services Team: Team of Kayla Houp & Maggie Treants medaled in the Economics Test, in the Occupational Series Test, Role #1, and second place Overall Series Honor. Team of Kendra Edwards & Jamie Haertle medaled in the Occupational Series Test and Honorable Mention Overall. Sports & Entertainment Team: Team of Jacob Baxter and Dean Chapman medaled in the Economics Test, Role Play #2, and Honorable Mention Overall. Team of Wyatt Bauer & Michael Parker medaled in Role Play #2.

DECA advisor Shawn Umland is happy with the results of his team. “Though I hoped for more students to move on, I am very pleased with how well we did. To earn this many medals shows students are ready for the competitive game of business and that we had a very strong team this year. It is encouraging to see young people test themselves and put themselves into different scenarios, especially when students need to be professionally dressed and on the bus by 6 a.m.,” Umland said. 

Those who also competed are Veronica Laverdure, Mariah Jaramillo, Prez Kuhnke, Bret Weisman, Dante Wolfe, and Brian Turner.

Again, Lakeland DECA provided the most judges from all the schools in the competition. 

“This is nearly 20 years that our community provided the most judges again. Twenty professional businessmen and women represented Lakeland, showing the commitment to vocational education and to Lakeland Union High School,” Umland said. 

Those who judged at this year’s district competition are Amy Arnold, Ryan Gehring, Vanessa Giles, Sam Gillich, Erin Gross, Ronda Gross, Heidi Hearley, Sam Hopkinson, Scott Hopkinson, Megan Liebhauser, Matt Kock, Sam Revak, Peter Schilling, Dick Sedlak, Sunny Slade, Kyle Stubblefield, Kylie Turner, Devon Woodruff, Joseph Woodruff, and Chrissy Writz.





Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Article comment by: Shawn Umland

Thank you Lakeland Times for your support and reporting on students' success.

Thank you to a great community for helping us succeed with such a great student organization. Proud to live and teach here!




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