The St. Cloud DECA chapter at Minnesota School of Business made its presence known recently at the Minnesota State DECA Competition in Mankato, with three students qualifying to go to on to nationals and one student elected to state office. The St. Cloud chapter was also recognized with a Diamond status for excellence at the event.
Darin Kociemba, a Business Management student, was elected President of all DECA Minnesota. In addition, he took 2nd place in the Sales Management category. Kenisha Schaffer, a Business Administration student, placed 3rd in Fashion Merchandising. Sam Falk was a finalist in Accounting and Taylor Sanford was a finalist in Restaurant and Food Service. Kociemba, Schaffer and Falk all advance to national competition in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 21 – 24.
In addition, the St. Cloud chapter participated in a speed networking event and the Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos social.
Collegiate DECA is a student-driven organization that values competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork. Its mission is to prepare students for careers by integrating skills learned in the classroom into real world experiences. Collegiate DECA programs assist in developing academically prepared, community-oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. Students major in a variety of academic programs with a strong focus on business-related fields. Collegiate DECA conferences and other activities give students unique access to internships, scholarships, competition, and professional networking. http://mncollegiatedeca.org/