On December 14, the Minnesota School of Business faculty, staff and student collegiate DECA team hosted 26 members of the Chisago Lakes High School DECA club to help them prepare for their upcoming district and state competitions.
The students competed in a variety of official high school-sanctioned DECA events, including team events in Business Law and Ethics, Marketing Communications, and Sports and Entertainment Marketing, and individual events in Business Services Marketing, Human Resources Management and Retail Merchandising.
Minnesota School of Business staff members Catherine Rice, Business degree program faculty, and Julie Kresh, service learning coordinator, were instrumental in planning the event, with the assistance of Campus Director Diana Igo and other administration, staff and faculty.
“A number of our DECA student judges who participated said they had a blast assisting with the event,” Rice said, adding that Minnesota Collegiate DECA Executive Director Holly Portner, the keynote speaker, “expressed her admiration for the teamwork and support she witnessed … unlike any other chapter or campus she has seen.”
Chisago Lakes DECA Advisor Tim Turnquist also weighed in with his own appreciative comments following the event.
“Thanks for hosting a fantastic event,” he said. “The format and events were extremely valuable for the DECA students to help them prepare for the District 4 Events Conference next month. I know this was the first time your campus hosted this type of event and I would give it a 5-Star rating for quality.”
Tim added that Minnesota School of Business exhibited professionalism, organization, and high quality interactive judges and event hosts, which are an integral part to having a successful competitive event..
Campus Director Igo added, “I would like to thank all the volunteers and judges for their participation. Your efforts made this event a success! We are confident we will have the opportunity to host additional high school DECA competitions in the future, and we would like to continue the event on at least an annual basis.”
By Dave Erickson, Minnesota School of Business-Blaine Business Program Chair