MSB-Blaine Sends 100 Percent of DECA Students to National Conference

Posted by on March 7, 2014

Under the supervision of Catherine Rice, CFE, accounting program chair and Collegiate DECA advisor at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine (MSB), eight eager students from MSB-Blaine went to Mankato, Minn., to compete in the 2014 MN Collegiate DECA State Conference.

All of the students, either as teams or individuals, qualified to be in the top 15 in Minnesota, which means 100 percent of the MSB-Blaine students qualified for the International Career Development Conference DECA Competition in Washington, D.C. this April.

The MSB-Blaine students, along with the event and what place the student took, are listed below:

  • Mitchell Christensen, accounting program student, (Financial Statement Analysis – 3rd, Finance Academy – 3rd)
  • David Good, accounting program student, (Financial Statement Analysis – 3rd, Finance Academy – 3rd)
  • Angel’yn Franzman, business management program student, (Emerging Technology Marketing Strategy – 2nd)
  • Ceira Shappell, business management program student, (Emerging Technology Marketing Strategy – 2nd)
  • Keenan Gunderson, business administration program student, (Marketing Management – Finalist, Professional Sales – Qualifier)
  • Thomas Monson, business management program student, (Business Research – 2nd)
  • Jesse Lindberg, business administration program student, (Business Research – 2nd, Marketing Management – Finalist)
  • Jon Schwerr, business administration program student, (Business Research – 2nd)

“I could not be happier with the performance of myself and teammates at the state DECA competition in Mankato. I would like to thank my family, friends, and DECA advisor for helping me prepare for the events and other support,” said Keenan Gunderson, business administration program student at MSB-Blaine.

“I think Collegiate DECA is an amazing opportunity for college students to be able to simulate real world situations and experiences in a competitive setting,” said Catherine Rice, accounting program chair and Collegiate DECA advisor, at MSB-Blaine. “It gives them preparation for what they are going to experience after graduation in a way that just cannot be achieved in the classroom alone. Collegiate DECA students, have a much stronger sense of self, and their abilities. You can see how their confidence, critical thinking, and even their choices have improved after being involved with the camaraderie and the networking. Their experiences definitely help to make them more marketable in this competitive job environment.”

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