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Vol. 45, No. 36

May 16, 2011

Missouri Marketing Students Earn Top 10 Honors at International DECA Competitions

Outstanding high school and college marketing students from throughout the state recently won awards at the DECA and Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conferences held in Orlando, Fla.

DECA is an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, finance, hospitality and management.  Students qualified to compete internationally by winning district and state event competitions earlier this year.

“Our marketing students have once again made Missouri proud,” said Leslie Kerns, director of business, marketing education and information technology for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Our congratulations go to DECA and Collegiate DECA students who received top awards at the recent International Career Development Conferences.”


The following Missouri DECA members received “Top 10” honors in their respective competitive events at the DECA international conference (April 30-May 3), including one team that finished in third place. 

Philip Fracica and Kate Kanjirathinkal, St. Joseph Central High School

Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making, Third Place

Patrick McMahon, Belton High School

Food Marketing Series, Top 10

Suzanne Hesse, Kirkwood High School

Apparel and Accessories Marketing Series, Top 10

Charles Jaschek, Maxwell Knudsen and Bradley Kuziel, Kirkwood High School

Advertising Campaign, Top 10

Andrew Brodnik and Seve Manzoor, Francis Howell North High School

Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making, Top 10

Jacob Agee and Nickolas Bettis, Ozark High School

Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making, Top 10

Emily Scott, St. Joseph Central High School

Buying and Merchandising Operations Research, Top 10

Adam Kidwell and Sara Sabulsky, Hickman High School (Columbia School District)

Financial Services Team Decision Making, Top 10

Blake Bolin and Caleb Carlisle, Ft. Osage Independence Center

Learn and Earn Project, Top 10

National DECA Scholarships

Two Missouri DECA members received scholarships from DECA’s corporate partners at the conference.

Micah Melling, Clinton Technical School

Central Region Scholarship Award

Kaytlynn Clemons, Raytown High School

Pat DiPlacido Memorial Scholarship

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) National Fundraising Recognition

MDA honored two Missouri schools for their national fundraising efforts:

Waynesville High School DECA

First Place, National Fundraising Chapter

Rolla Technical Institute DECA

Second Place, National Fundraising Chapter

Collegiate DECA

Competing against more than 1,200 of their peers from across the country, the following students achieved “Top 10” finishes during the competitive events program at Collegiate DECA’s international conference (April 13-16).

Ryan Brandt, University of Central Missouri

Financial Services, Top 10

Ryan Maurer, Southeast Missouri State University

Retail Management, First Place

Devin Kelsey and Zach Beattie, University of Missouri

Business Ethics, First Place

Josh Johnson and Markayla Jackson, University of Missouri

Business Ethics, Second Place

Curtis Hartley and Jeff Tackett, University of Central Missouri

Business Law, Third Place

Kylie Weaver and Morgan Messer, University of Central Missouri

International Marketing, Top 10

Devin Kelsey and Zach Beattie, University of Missouri

Entrepreneurship Challenge, First Place

Sarah Kraus, University of Missouri

Marketing Management, Third Place

Gentry Coffman

William Woods University

Top 10 Finalist – Advertising Campaign

Danielle Costanza and Elizabeth Thomas, William Woods University

Advertising Campaign, Top 10

Melissa Smith, William Woods University

Entrepreneurship, Top 10

Hunter Hoyer, University of Central Missouri

Entrepreneurship, Top 10

Corbin Umstattd, Columbia College

Entrepreneurship, Top 10

Nikki Cole, William Woods University

Sales Representative, Top 10

Amber Vieth, William Woods University

Web Site Design, Top 10

Missouri DECA is the sixth largest state association in the nation and serves more than 9,100 high school students. The Collegiate Division of DECA (formerly known as Delta Epsilon Chi) serves 275 students throughout Missouri.  DECA enhances preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction.