10 WWU Students to Compete at International DECA Conference

Ten students will represent William Woods University at the International
Collegiate DECA competition in Anaheim, Calif., in April, after winning first
or second at the recent state competition.

WWU students entered nine events at the 2013 Collegiate DECA
State Competition at the Lake of the Ozarks, receiving first place in four
events and second place in five. Of the 170 students at the competition, 19
were from William Woods.
student-driven organization, Collegiate DECA values leadership, innovation,
integrity and teamwork. It prepares students for careers by integrating skills
learned in the classroom into real-world experiences.
Although all of the competition events relate to business,
students have a wide array of events to choose from—all
of which provide an opportunity for them to gain experience and network.
 “I am really proud of
each of the students that traveled to compete, regardless of whether students
placed,” Linda Duke, WWU assistant professor of marketing and business and the
DECA adviser, said.  “It takes extra
effort and work to participate in this competition.”
First-place winners were:
  • Lacee Floyd of Highlands Ranch,
    Colo.; Naomi Starr of Columbia, Mo.; and Olivia Koselansky of Sterling
    Heights, Mich., in Entrepreneurship
  • Katie Gannon of St. Louis, Mo., in
    Web Design
  • Andy Davis of Rochdale, England,
    in Professional Sales
  • Andrea Hutchinson of Council
    Bluffs, Iowa, in Restaurant and Food Service Management
  • Tara Seboldt of Fults, Ill., in
    Travel and Tourism
Second-place winners were:
  • Tricia Jackson  of Valley Park, Mo., and Seboldt in
    Business Ethics

  •       JP Parra of San Paulo, Brazil, and Matt
    Steiniger of O’Fallon, Mo., in Entrepreneurship

  •       Steiniger in Banking, Financial Services

  •       Koselansky in Retail Management

Others students who placed were:
  • Maryiah Elizabeth Fulsom of
    Mexico, Mo., third place in Professional Sales
  • Kacey Radcliff of St. Charles,
    Mo., third place in Entrepreneurship
  • Starr, fifth place in Banking,
    Financial Services
  • Joe Parenteau of Regina,
    Saskatchewan, fifth place in Corporate Finance
“Our WWU students continue to demonstrate their top-quality
abilities, including the equivalent education that they receive from WWU,” Duke
Students do not need to be a business major or minor to
compete in Collegiate DECA, and any student can join since there are a variety
of competition areas. 
For more information, contact Duke at (573) 592 4305 or