Twenty students from District 194 high schools competed at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) International Career Development Conference April 21-24 in Atlanta. Over 19,000 DECA students from around the world gather at the international conference and 13,500 compete to be named international champions at the pinnacle DECA event.
Caroline Rosener of Lakeville South was named an international champion for finishing second in the management event. Her achievement is an incredible finish as she competed against 172 top students from around the world. Marc Worden and Ben Harming from Lakeville North qualified for the finals for their team event for placing among the top 20 students. Ben Harmening and Brooke Boan of Lakeville North were recognized for earning top test scores in the marketing exam event. Alyssa Arnold of Lakeville North was recognized for earning top role play within the food marketing series event.
Carsen Otremba, Caroline Rosener, Emily Vegoe, Peyton Wright and Brae Sell competed from Lakeville South High School. Alyssa Arnold, Brooke Boan, Rachel Cummings, Lauren Gunderson, Lauren Grimm, Ben Harmening, Joe Jaeger, Matt Lothrop, Katie McDonald, Alex Melby, Danielle Miller, Levi Rosenthal, Caiden Siefken, Cameron Weber and Marc Worden competed from Lakeville North High School.
Students who qualified for the DECA International Career Development Conference were top four finishers among 50 events focused in the areas of entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality and marketing at the DECA state competition held in March in Minneapolis.
DECA is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. The organization helps prepare students for careers in business through a wide variety of events.