Rain, Sleet, Darkness: Nothing Stops These Budding Business Leaders

Posted by on February 3, 2013

DECA Lakeville InvitationalNeither rain nor sleet nor dark of morning could stop Minnesota School of Business (MSB) DECA students from participating in the DECA Invitational at the MSB-Lakeville campus on January 11.

Students competed in nine different events, from retail management to human resources, accounting to marketing management. The tournament was a “tune up” for the State conference and competition to be held at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato on February 26-28.

The students, who represented six MSB campuses, entered up to three events and had 30 minutes to an hour to prepare their case for the judge. Most of the events were for individuals, but Business Ethics and Business-to-Business Marketing involved teams of two. The top three competitors or teams in each category went home with medals.  In a handful of categories local sponsors provided scholarships to help fund the cost for the State conference!

“DECA provides our students a unique opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that prepare them for their future careers,” said Craig Wilson, accounting program chair at Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville. “Experiential events like this invitational allow students to practice what they are learning in the classroom and further enhance those skills.”

At the end of the day everyone had a blast, got to know each other better, and are excited for State!

Below are the final results from the competition.

1st: Ryan Skluzacek – MSB Lakeville
2nd: Kris Selting – MSB Lakeville
3rd: Christine Drentlaw – MSB Lakeville

Business Ethics
1st: Maggie Scheel & Dennis Stevenson – MSB Elk River
2nd: Taylor Metcalf & Larissa Eggler – MSB Rochester
3rd: Jamie Heskett & Christine Drentlaw – MSB Lakeville
Business-to-Business Marketing
1st: Breanne Nelson & Thomas Monson – MSB Blaine
2nd: Joshua Nelson & Bill Schumacher – MSB Blaine
3rd: Jacob Reichenberger & Darren Thomas – MSB Lakeville
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Corporate Finance
1st: Christine Drentlaw – MSB Lakeville
2nd: Kris Selting –MSB Lakeville
3rd: Ryan Skluzacek – MSB Lakeville
Employment Application
1st: Cory Ley – MSB St. Cloud
2nd: Bruce Doeden – MSB Lakeville
3rd: Jacob Reichenberger – MSB Lakeville
Human Resource Management
1st: Jennifer Malecha – MSB Rochester
2nd: (Tie) Breanne Nelson – MSB Blaine
2nd: (Tie) Maggie Scheel – MSB Elk River
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Marketing Management
1st: Thomas Monson – MSB Blaine
2nd: Darren Thomas – MSB Lakeville
3rd: Ray Reagan – MSB Elk River
Retail Management
1st: Maggie Scheel – MSB Elk River
2nd: Leroy Ruben-Schmitz – MSB Rochester
3rd: Thomas Monson – MSB Blaine
Sales Management Meeting
1st: Alexia Roberts – MSB Richfield
2nd: Gabriel Muller – MSB Rochester
3rd: Darren Thomas – MSB Lakeville


Thank you to the generous event sponsors: Aero Assemblies, Inc., S.B. Budenske, CPA, Ltd., Wallen-Friedman & Floyd, PLLP – Attorneys at Law, Oak Court Consulting, and Jimmy Johns Lakeville.

To find out more about Collegiate DECA check out their website.

Thank you for your Interest in Minnesota School of Business.