Janesville Students Advance to International DECA Conference

JANESVILLE (WIFR) -- Parker and Craig DECA students competed at the State DECA Conference held at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI. The conference was held March 19 through March 21, with 23 students participating from Parker DECA and 10 from Craig DECA. More than 1,200 students from Wisconsin participated and competed at the event run by Wisconsin DECA and the Department of Public Instruction.

The high school students competed in 2 written events and 2 oral events. The written events covered topics in economics, finance, business math, entrepreneurship, marketing, and management. The oral events related directly to a student’s interest in business and he/she had the opportunity to choose from different categories. Eight of the 33 students also completed 30 page marketing research projects for local businesses, which allowed the students to learn more about the business itself. Seven were from Parker High School and 1 from Craig High School.

A special thanks to Brodie Trophy, The Barn (Parker High School Store), The Caddy Shack and First Impressions Salon and Spa for participating in the market research projects. This event allowed students to apply different competencies from the classroom in a real-world setting.

Approximately 250 business professionals from around the state were involved in judging all of these young business professionals.
Parker DECA will be sending 8 students and Craig DECA will be sending 4 students to the International DECA Conference in Anaheim, California from April 24th- April 28th. The 12 qualifying students from Parker & Craig DECA are listed in bold below. The Parker DECA advisors are John Zimmerman and Amy Beetstra. The Craig DECA advisor is Sarah Van Berkum.

The following are a list of Parker DECA award winners:

Parker International DECA Qualifiers

Lauren Flood and Katie Hendricks-Business Services Operation Research Event-3rd Place Overall Karlee Fowler and Kim Fields-Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research Event-5th Place Overall Alyssa Whiteaker-Buying and Merchandising Operations Research Event-2nd Place Overall Joe Jarstad and Austin Kessler-Sports & Entertainment Marketing Series Event-4th Place Overall Molly Cavey-Qualified in the Senior Management Institute based on past International DECA Qualifier Status.
The other State DECA Conference medalists from Parker DECA: Will Theisen in Business Management, Gabby Lawrence in Retail Merchandising, and Grace Bothwell in Business Management.

Craig DECA International Qualifiers

Kellen Stearns and Colin Cabelka-Travel and Tourism Team 6th Place Dayna Wimann-Food Marketing 6th Place Andy Miller-Senior Management Institute based on qualifying for the International DECA Conference.

The other State DECA Conference medalists from Craig DECA: Tyler Campbell and Andy Miller in Travel and Tourism as a team, Eric Paulos in Hotel and Lodging, Real Boudreau and Matt Van Remortel in Sports and Entertainment as a team, and Hayley Hughes and Tyler Lewis in Marketing Communications as a team.

The International DECA Conference is a costly event. If any local businesses would like to sponsor a student, please call or mail John Zimmerman at Parker High School, 3125 Mineral Point Ave., Janesville, WI 53548, phone number 743-5582 or Sarah Van Berkum at Craig High School, 401 S. Randall Ave., Janesville, WI 53545, phone number 743-5358.

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