Bling Bling: Medal Count Reflects Business Students’ Blinding Success

Posted by on March 13, 2013

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DECA participants (l to r)=Taylor Metcalf, Larissa Eggler and Gabe Muller add a little spin to the DECA attire


The world is run by those who show up. In the same sense, winning DECA competitions only happens for participants who show up–and apply their business acumen. Business degree students from Minnesota School of Business-Rochester did just that: they showed up at the 2013 DECA State Career Development Conference and did some winning as well.

Business students Taylor Metcalf, Larissa Eggler, Gabe Muller, Leroy Ruben-Schmitz and Jennifer Malecha joined 225 other students at the DECA State Conference in Mankato, Minn., February 26-28. Participants hailed from Moorhead, St. Cloud, Winona, Marshall, Mankato, the Twin Cities, and central Iowa. DECA offers students opportunities for personal and professional growth through leadership development, community involvement and competitive events.

Business students competed in 21 different events that ranged from case studies and role playing with judges, to presenting prepared sales pitches. MSB-Rochester students participated in Retail Sporting Goods, Marketing Management, Sales Management, Human Resources Management, Travel and Tourism, Restaurant and Food Service, and Project Management, among other events.

Most events have a prep time before participants present before a panel of judges. Students then hurry off to the next assigned event. Many events have     multiple sections of students competing against one another. 

Results of the days’ competitions are not announced until the next morning at the mini-awards ceremony. Students who placed in the top12 in each event advance to the next stage. MSB-Rochester was well represented; Taylor, Larissa, Jennifer and Leroy all advanced in at least one of their events.

Taylor Metcalf was a finalist in the category of Project Management. Larissa Eggler, during her first state competition, placed third in the Travel and Tourism event for the state. Jennifer Malecha was our other big winner; she placed third in Hotel and Lodging, first in Restaurant and Food Service, and first in Human Resources. She tied one other MSB participant with the number of top-three finishes out of the whole state convention.

All five students found that this DECA competition helped build their business, social and networking skills, and is a valuable tool for any student at MSB.

“I can definitely see the value of attending a conference such as this for any student,” said Gabe Muller.

Taylor Metcalf added, “The takeaways that students get from competing in a setting like this are immense.”

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