February 26-28 marked Collegiate DECA’s state conference: the Career Development Conference, in Mankato, Minn. The Minnesota School of Business-Blaine Collegiate DECA chapter sent six members to compete in several different events with the guidance of Kate Rice, Collegiate DECA advisor. All six members advanced to the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., held in April.
While the three-day conference was nothing new to several of the Blaine competitors, there were some new members who competed. This was Breanne Nelson’s fourth time attending, and she commented on the energy and benefits of being a proud part of the MSB Blaine chapter.
“It was exciting to see the enthusiasm with all the members attending, and to see them prepare over the last several months for this,” Breanne said. “They were excited for the outcome of their events, and the theme of this year, which was ‘Thrive.'”
The conference brought forth more awards and networking opportunities for the chapter and its members. But, it wasn’t all competition. The conference and the Minnesota Collegiate DECA Organization also offered a fun-filled photo booth with many props, and a comedy-musician act for entertainment the second night of the conference.
There were great successes among the members in their competitive events, as well as for the chapter as a whole. The chapter received recognition for participating in this year’s state wide food drive, and received the Chapter Diamond Award for the second year in a row for the activities the chapter accomplished throughout the past year.
Rice was thrilled to see the overall success of each of the chapter’s members.
“The guidance and encouragement that she has provided to the members over the last year has been remarkable,” student Thomas Monson stated about Rice. “She believes in us as individuals and members, as well as a chapter.”
The following are the MSB-Blaine DECA chapter’s results from the conference:
- Thomas Monson: 1st in Business-to-Business Marketing (with Breanne), 3rd in Project Management, Marketing Management Finalist
- Breanne Nelson: 1st in Business-to-Business Marketing (with Thomas) & 3rd in Human Resources
- Angel Franzman: 2nd in Business-to-Business Marketing (with Bill) & 4th in Management Institute (with Bill)
- Bill Schumacher: 2nd in Business-to-Business Marketing (with Angel), 4th in Management Institute (with Angel), & Sales Manager Meeting Qualifier
- Jennifer Senger: Human Resource Finalist, Sales Manager Meeting Finalist, & Sports and Entertainment Marketing Qualifier (with Josh)
- Josh Nelson: Sports and Entertainment Marketing Qualifier (with Jennifer)
There were also three members (Thomas, Josh, and Bill) who received the Student Service Award, which is an advisor-nominated award. Two of the students also received interview requests from two different companies, and information on a future marketing internship possibility.
This ends Thomas Monson’s reign as Minnesota State Metro Region Vice President come nationals in April. “This will be the second year that we send 100percent of our members to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Anaheim, Calif.,” Rice said. “I couldn’t be more proud of all the members for their hard work and dedication with their accomplishments this year.”
Written by Breanne Nelson and Catherine Rice