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Collegiate DECA members win big at state

Hard work and determination paid off for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Collegiate DECA members who attended the 2020 Collegiate DECA Wisconsin Spring Conference and Case Study Competition held on March 5-7 in Delvan, WI 

Nine UW-Eau Claire students were top 3 finalists in their categories thus qualifying to attend the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, GA, which was unfortunately canceled due to COVID-19.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Morgan Welsh, a junior marketing major from Mount Views, MN, placed first in Retail Management.

  • Noah Cipar, a freshman undeclared major from Medford, WI, and Hannah Deyoung, a junior music major from Mosinee, WI, placed second in Event Planning. Teammates Lindsey Coonen, a senior biology and chemistry major from Waukesha, WI and Jamie Leatherman, a junior management major from Amherst, WI, placed third in the event.

  • Jessica Buytendorp, a sophomore management major from Cottage Grove, MN and Alexis Brueggen, a sophomore business administration major from West Salem, WI, placed first in the B2B Marketing competition.  While teammates Kayla Ament, a senior marketing major from Merrill, WI and Nick Lunde, a senior marketing major from St. Croix Falls, WI, finished second in the event. 

Eight additional Collegiate DECA members also qualified for the international conference.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Corporate Finance: Grant Shaffer, a junior finance major from Farmington, MN and Mason Peterson, a sophomore international business major from Rosemount, MN.      
  • Marketing Management: Elizabeth Grenzow, a sophomore international business major from Monroe, WI and Abby Tennies, a senior marketing analytics major from Slinger, WI.       
  • Restaurant and Food Service Management: Ryan Noseworthy, a sophomore accounting major from Mendota Heights, MN and Alex Johnson, a freshman accounting major from Elkhorn, WI.
  • Sports and Entertainment Marketing: Logan Jacobson, a junior marketing major from Eau Claire, WI and Sam Finnerty, a junior finance major from Apple Valley, MN.              

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. To learn more about the UW-Eau Claire student chapter, contact Kayla Ament, chapter president, or visit the UW-Eau Claire DECA Facebook page. Bridget Kurtenbach, Department of Business Communication, is the organization’s faculty adviser.