DECA Duo Advances to Nationals—Again

Posted by on March 8, 2013

Four Minnesota School of Business-Elk River DECA students wrapped up competitions at the Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference in Mankato, Minn., last Thursday.

This conference provides students an opportunity to compete in various events related to accounting, finance, marketing, management, retail, hospitality, tourism and entrepreneurship.

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Fierce DECA competitors Maggie Scheel and Jeremy Pouliot

Only the top eight teams from this conference advance to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which is the largest event of the DECA year.

Minnesota School of Business students Kelly Flannery, Jeremy Pouliot, Maggie Scheel and Heidi Smith competed in a number of events during the Mankato conference; however, only Scheel and Pouliot qualified to advance to ICDC, which takes place in California this April.

Pouliot and Scheel are no strangers to the ICDC event. Both students attended the event last year in Salt Lake City with 98 other DECA students from around the nation. Along with 16 other teams and individuals, the two made it to the preliminary round finals—Pouliot in corporate finance and Scheel in human resource management.

This year the DECA duo are trying a different approach by teaming up in the business ethics event.

“We thought it would be challenging to broaden our horizons and work together this year,” Scheel said. “We are both competitive and enjoy a good challenge.”

Scheel said being in a team event with Pouliot this year should be interesting because of the broad dynamics and differences of opinion the two have–both of which Scheel believes will make them a strong team.

Watch out ICDC—these two are rolling into town looking for a win!


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