Winning DECA Competitions is Our Business and Business is Good

Posted by on November 17, 2012

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Most readers gloss over information when reading about Distributive Education Clubs of America when it’s spelled out, but when DECA is left as an acronym, the popular student association jumps out to readers. Jumping out at readers is four students at the Minnesota School of Business-Rochester who were recently all business at a DECA competition.

Taylor Metcalf, Nate Bartz, Leroy Ruben-Schmitz, and Ron Chav, current business administration students and DECA members, attended the Elk River DECA Invitational competition on November 2, 2012.  The competition was held at the MSB-Elk River campus.  Dozens of participants from other DECA clubs located at Minnesota School of Business campuses also attended.

The Rochester contingent, despite three of the four students not ever having competed before, experienced success by winning all five events they had entered.  There were a total of seven possible events, and each student could enter up three events.  With the students choosing to enter events based on knowledge and comfort of subject matter, several total events were entered by the Rochester students.

Timothy Hornseth, business program chair and DECA advisor, also attended the event.

Proving that the early bird gets the worm, these students left at 5:30 am on the day of the event to arrive on time for the competition. The events were held between 8 to 1 pm.

After putting forth their best effort, the awards ceremony started at 1:15 and the final results reflect how competitive and prepared MSB-Rochester students are when it comes to business knowledge.

-Nate Bartz and Taylor Metcalf entered the Business Ethics team event and scored a first place finish.

-Taylor Metcalf won both the Accounting and Marketing Management events.

-Ron Chav won both the Sales Management and Retail Management events.

-Leroy Ruben-Schmitz placed third in the Sales Management event.

According to their website, Minnesota DECA is an association of students who are planning careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Minnesota DECA has over 2,000 members in over 50 chapters. The goals of DECA are to promote leadership development, civic consciousness, social intelligence and vocational understanding.

The results of the competition will hopefully boost interest in the future DECA competitions that will occur during the first part of 2013.  Participation in the group has encouragingly grown since its inception several years ago and the campus looks forward to its continued growth.

Further comments and questions can be directed to Timothy Hornseth, business program chair and DECA advisor, at

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