DECA DECA · Westonka DECA to Send 22 Students to Internationals

2018 ICDC Competitors
Back row (from left): Katie Clarke, JP Oftedahl, Owen Mather, Ryan Hanratty, Zach Riffle, Austin Hargreaves, Inga Erdahl, and Mega Heins
Middle row: Olivia Martel, Avery Robbins, Asha Martel, Grace Elling, Abby Wharram, Lauren Lachenmayer, Amy Howarth and Audrey Woychick
Front row: Ari Zahasky, Lauren Kelly, Samantha Eidsness, Katelyn Wagner and Grace Hanson
Not pictured: Michael Uhas

A total of 105 students from Mound Westonka High School participated in the annual Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference in Minneapolis, March 4-6. Continuing a long tradition of excellence for the program, 22 Westonka DECA students will move on to compete at DECA Internationals this year.

During the school year, approximately 3,500 Minnesota DECA student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete in over 50 events focused on the areas of entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, marketing and other related fields. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. After qualifying earlier this year, district winners put their talents to the test during the state competition.

Westonka DECA was entered in 45 of the 55 events run at the state level. The top 12 students advanced to the final round in each DECA category. Westonka advanced 46 students or groups to the finals.

The following MWHS students will compete with 20,000 top students from around the world at the 2018 International Career Development Conference – the pinnacle of DECA competition:

Learn and Earn Chapter Project – seniors Inga Erdahl, Megan Heins and Audrey Woychick
Public Relations Chapter Project – junior Lauren Lachenmayer and seniors Austin Hargreaves and Zach Riffle
Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan – ninth-grader Avery Robbins and seniors Katelyn Wagner and Abby Wharram
Fashion Promotion – ninth-grader Katie Clarke and juniors Grace Elling and Asha Martel
Business Finance Role Play – senior Owen Mather
Marketing Communications Role Play – sophomore Grace Hanson
Human Resources Role Play – senior Ryan Hanratty
Quick Serve Restaurant Role Play – junior JP Oftedahl
Buying & Merchandising Team Role Play – seniors Samantha Eidsness and Michael Uhas
Travel & Tourism Team Role Play – sophomores Olivia Martel and Ari Zahasky
Marketing Management Team Role Play – senior Amy Howarth and junior Lauren Kelly

The 2018 International Career Development Conference will be held April 21-25 in Atlanta. With 22 students qualifying, Westonka has the second highest number of Internationals competitors in the state. Minnetonka is the only Minnesota school district to have more qualifiers with 30.

Westonka DECA will be fundraising to help cover travel costs. Watch for more information about fundraising opportunities in Westonka News.

About Minnesota DECA
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.

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