Minnesota School of Business Students Receive High Accolades at DECA Conference

Posted by on March 22, 2016

Minnesota School of Business – Blaine students left the MN Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference on Feb. 18-19 with an incredible feeling of not only accomplishment but the powerful feeling that they have chosen the best career path for their skills.

DECA CDC Group 2016

Left to Right: Cory Ley, Darin Kociemba, Jordan Hoiby, Alan Kempf, Tawnya Bluhm, Keenan Gunderson, Andrew Birr, Taylor Metcalf, and Breanne Nelson

This year’s competition marks the seventh year in a row that 100% of MSB-Blaine’s competitors qualified in all of their events to compete and attend the International Career Development Conference being held in Washington D.C. April 15-20.

Only three of the students have previously competed at this level in business and accounting applied cases: Keenan Gunderson, business program graduate, Andrew Birr, business program student, and Jordan Hoiby, information technology program student. This year, these repeat state finalists were joined by four first-time competitors, Alan Kempf and Tawnya Bluhm, business program students, and Mark Isakson and Megan Crow, accounting program students, as well as former student competitors representing some of MSB-Blaine’s sister campuses (Rochester, St. Cloud, Richfield, and Globe University-Woodbury): Breanne Nelson, Jennifer Senger, Taylor Metcalf, Cory Ley, Darin Kociemba, Kristina Selting, and Patrick Wirkus, who participated in the competition as judges and event staff.

“The competitive events portion of the conference places the students in real-life situations and scenarios, which allows the students to apply what they have learned in the classroom,” said Catherine Rice, accounting program chair and DECA advisor at MSB-Blaine. “Competitors also develop a presentation plan that will adequately represent why they are the subject matter expert and why their recommendations are the best course of action and should be accepted by senior level management.”

The results from the actual competitive events are as follows:

Keenan Gunderson – 2nd Place Marketing Management & Finalist Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Andrew Birr – Finalist Marketing Management & Finalist Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Jordan Hoiby – Finalist Business Ethics

Megan Crow – Finalist Business Ethics

Mark Isakson – 2nd Place Banking and Financial Institutions & Finalist Accounting

Tawnya Bluhm – 3rd Event Planning & Qualifier Restaurant & Foodservice

Alan Kempf – 3rd Event Planning & Finalist Emerging Technology Marketing

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