Several Moraine Park Technical College students were national finalists at DECA’s 62nd annual International Career Development Conference held recently in Atlanta, Georgia.
In the National Management Institute apprentice-style competition, Moraine Park students Kayla Navis of Waupun and Christopher (C.J.) Lewandowski of Hubertus were part of a team that took first place in the nation. They gathered research and created a marketing strategy and brand identity for a new business, then presented their concept to a group from Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis. They will split a $1,000 scholarship with their two other team members.
Jeremy Sarnowski and Shelly Puckhaber, both of West Bend, were also among those who placed. Sarnowski took first place in the comprehensive exam for the Hospitality category. Puckhaber took first place both in the comprehensive exam and in preliminary role play for the Retail Management category. Both placed fourth in the finals.
Kelly Brumley of Randolph took fourth place in Entrepreneurship. All of the Marketing – Business-to-Business students had taken part in the state competition of the WMMA, and are members of the Moraine Park chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi – Wisconsin Marketing & Management Association (WMMA).
Also competing at the international event were Travis Bryant of Fredonia, Retail Management; Aaron Christman of Beaver Dam, Entrepreneurship Challenge and Marketing Management; and Angie Zurn of Mayville, Human Relations.
All three were finalists in these events at the state WMMA competition held prior to the DECA event.
DECA is an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Its college division is called Delta Epsilon Chi. More than 13,000 students from 200 campuses participate in the organization, including those at community colleges, technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities.
For more information about Moraine Park’s marketing programs, visit www.morainepark.edu.