Accolades in Anaheim: 6 Collegiate DECA Students Receive International Honors

Posted by on April 30, 2013

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(From left) Breanne Nelson, Josh Nelson, Thomas Monson, Agel’yn Franzman, William Schumacher, and Catherine Rice (Blaine Collegiate DECA advisor)

It wasn’t all fun and games for the Collegiate DECA team in Anaheim, Calif., for the 52nd Annual Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC). The teams from Minnesota School of Business (MSB) networked with top students from around the globe through competitions that challenged their skills, and established connections and relationships that could last a lifetime.

According to their website, Collegiate DECA prepares “students for careers by integrating skills learned in the classroom into real world experiences. Collegiate DECA programs assist in developing academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.” Participants are enrolled mostly in business academic programs.

The theme for this past year was THRIVE. The keynote speaker, Jill Blashack Strahan, was a prime example of how Collegiate DECA can help college students set a foundation to continue to thrive after graduation and beyond.

Blashack Strahan is founder and CEO of Tastefully Simple and is a Collegiate DECA alumna. She credits much of her passion for business and entrepreneurship to a college class project—a business plan—which she used as a platform for competition. She focused on the power of believing in yourself, even when you have doubts.

William Schumacher, who is earning a business administration degree at the MSB-Blaine campus, stated, “ICDC competition helps student members overcome their inner fears and converts it into a feeling of total confidence which can ultimately turn things around and help build the life you envision it can be.”

Breakout sessions that the students participated in were: Developing Innovative Marketing and Selling Strategies in a Social World; the Many Faces of Human Resources, How to Lead a Business and Achieve Success and Fulfillment; and One for One: Marketing for Tomorrow Leads to Success Today.

Throughout the year, the MSB-Blaine DECA chapter and many of its members worked hard at participating in events that enhance the Collegiate DECA experience. The chapter was recognized for its consistent efforts in building personal and professional skills for its members and, as a result, received the Presidential Award. Many MSB-Blaine DECA members also received individual awards:

Gold Diamond Award: highest level of recognition for an individual member and the individual piece of the chapter Presidential Award

  • Breanne Nelson
  • Thomas Monson
  • William Schumacher
  • Angel’yn Franzman
  • Joshua Nelson

Academic Honor Award: recognizes students for their academic excellence, leadership and involvement in Collegiate DECA

  • Breanne Nelson
  • William Schumacher
  • Jesse Lindberg

Chapter Leadership Award: recognizes members for their leadership and outstanding service to their chapters

  • Thomas Monson
  • Joshua Nelson

Despite an extremely challenging competition, the MSB team was successful. Three students competed as finalists, and Taylor Metcalf (MSB-Rochester) took 1st place in Project Management, and Thomas Monson finished in the top eight also in Project Management.

Kristina Selting (MSB-Lakeville) also competed as a finalist. “The main thing I feel is extremely grateful!” Kristina said. “Not just for the opportunity, but for the people, the connections I made and the chance to reinforce my belief about what can happen when you step outside of your comfort zone and decide to try! Never in a million years did I think a year ago that even being at ICDC would have been possible—then to actually become a Finalist was just unbelievable!”

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