It’s the start of a new quarter and a new year with Collegiate DECA, and the Minnesota School of Business-Blaine DECA chapter is gearing up for what is sure to be an exciting and successful year. The start of 2013 brings several Collegiate DECA Invitationals, a State Conference (Career Development Conference) in February, and a National Conference (International Career Development Conference) in April.
On Friday, January 11, the MSB-Blaine Collegiate DECA team traveled to the MSB-Lakeville campus for their second annual
Collegiate DECA Invitational. Four Blaine students participated in the competitions: Thomas Monson, Breanne Nelson, Josh Nelson, and Bill Schumacher, accompanied by Collegiate DECA Advisor Catherine Rice.
Collegiate DECA members could choose from several different events to compete in. These included Business-to-Business Marketing, Business Ethics, Human Resources, Marketing Management, Sales Management Meeting, and many more. Each member that went could choose to compete in one team event and two individual events, allowing them to compete in three events total.
All Blaine participants placed in the top three in at least one event. They also received Certificates of Excellence in all the events they competed in for receiving a score of 70% or more. Josh Nelson and Bill Schumacher took second in Business-to-Business Marketing, and just edging them out was Breanne Nelson and Thomas Monson for the first place position, making it an exciting time and friendly competition between our own members to see who would take top honors in Business-to-Business Marketing.
Thomas Monson also took third in Retail Management as well as first in Marketing Management and Breanne Nelson took second in Human Resources, making it a very close race between the top three MSB Collegiate DECA members from Blaine, Elk River, and Rochester–so close that there was a tie for second, and when they performed the tie-breaker, that was also a tie between Breanne (Blaine) and Maggie Scheel (Elk River)!
This was a successful Collegiate DECA event overall. All members did fantastic in their events and were able to network throughout the day with other MSB/Globe University students and Collegiate DECA members.