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UW-Eau Claire business students qualify for national conference

March 15, 2012
 Business students qualify for national conference
UW-Eau Claire students qualifying for the national DECA conference are (left row, front to back) Samantha Witter, Brianna Noeldner, Brisselle Magana, Nicole Leners, Allison Coffey, Emily Matuska and Amber Steinert and (right row, front to back) Aaron Polzin, Justin R. Lang, Michael Schanning, Ryan Schorbahn, Jakob Broesch, James Donnellan, Shawn Dewane and Daniel Wolf.
EAU CLAIRE — Six University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire business students finished in the top three of their competitive events at the recent 2012 Collegiate DECA Wisconsin State Career Development Conference and are headed to the 2012 International Career Development Conference April 21-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sophomore Brisselle Magana, Oshkosh, placed first in the entrepreneurship prepared presentation. The event included a 10-page written document and a 20-minute presentation.

Senior Dan Wolf, Appleton, finished second in the hotel and lodging business simulation. Sophomore Samantha Witter, Wausau, placed second in the sales management meeting case study.

Third-place award winners included junior Shawn Dewane, St. Charles, Ill., and sophomore Allison Coffey, Tomah, in the restaurant and food service management business simulation and sophomore Aaron Polzin, Janesville, in the retail management business simulation.

Nine additional UW-Eau Claire students qualified for the national conference by earning a proficient score on their proficiency exam and by placing high enough in their competition category. These students are as follows:

  • Senior Jakob Broesch, Merrill.
  • Junior Jimmy Donnellan, Eau Claire.
  • Freshman Justin Lang, Wausau.
  • Junior Nicole Leners, Apple Valley, Minn.
  • Junior Emily Matuska, Plainview, Minn.
  • Freshman Brianna Noeldner, Suamico.
  • Sophomore Mike Schanning, Oak Creek.
  • Junior Ryan Schorbahn, Eau Claire.
  • Junior Amber Steinert, Duluth, Minn.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. The collegiate competitions are clustered around six business areas: business management and administration, communications and technology, entrepreneurship, finance and accounting, hospitality and tourism, and marketing and sales.

To learn more about the UW-Eau Claire student chapter, contact Nicole Leners, UW-Eau Claire Collegiate DECA chapter president, at or Emily Elsner Twesme, chapter faculty adviser, at



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