For the second consecutive year, Minnesota School of Business-Blaine hosted a high school DECA competition for surrounding high schools. Arriving in buses and dressed in their professional best, about 70 students from Forest Lake High School and Chisago Lakes High School participated in the event this year.
Kelly Flannery, Collegiate DECA state vice president, introduced the keynote speaker for the event, former Collegiate DECA state vice president Breanne Nelson, who is also an alum of MSB-Blaine.
“It’s fun to be on the other side of the table,” Kelly Flannery said of judging rather than competing this time around.
DECA is a nonprofit student organization with members around the world. DECA “prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe,” according to the DECA website.
“As a judge for the competition, I was impressed with the quality of many of the presentations made to us,” said MSB-Blaine business program chair Dave Erickson. “It represents much of the good business instruction these students are receiving in their high schools, and further suggests the success they will have when they graduate on to the collegiate academic and DECA levels as well.”
“Of the approximately 25 judges participating in this event, most were students. They traveled from multiple Globe University and MSB campuses as well as Alexandria Technical College. This is a true testament of the networking power of DECA,” states Blaine accounting program chair and campus Collegiate DECA advisor Catherine Rice.
Rachael Crowe, a student from Chisago Lakes High School, commented during the event about how fun and exciting this experience was for her and her friends.
“This organization brings people together like none other, providing high school students opportunities to meet and form connections with college students and business professionals,” Rice said.