District 194 students earn recognition at state DECA conference

DECA students at state

Lakeville North students pose for a team photo at the state DECA competition March 6.

One-hundred and twenty-one students from Lakeville North and Lakeville South participated in the annual Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference in Minneapolis, MN, March 4-6.

During the school year, approximately 3,500 Minnesota DECA student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete in over 50 events focused in the areas of entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, marketing and other related fields. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. After qualifying earlier this year, district winners put their talents to the test during the State Career Development Conference.

The 11 Lakeville North students who received state recognition are Lauren Grimm, Lauren Gunderson, Katie McDonald, Ben Harmening, Marc Worden, Joe Jaeger, Caiden Siefken, Brooke Boan, Rachel Cummings, Breanna Lindsey and Danielle Miller.

The seven Lakeville South students who received state recognition are Caroline Roesner, Peyton Wright, Carsen Otremba, Allen Shofman, Bergen Shogren, Braedyn Sell and Emily Vegoe.

These 18 students from District 194 will travel to Atlanta, GA to compete with 20,000 top students from around the world at the International Career Development Conference – the pinnacle of DECA competition.


Lakeville South DECA students pose for a team photo prior to the state competition.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.

The Minnesota High School Association is part of a larger organization comprised of 215,000 members from all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. For more information about Minnesota DECA, visit www.mndeca.org.

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