William Woods students compete in Collegiate DECA competition

logoWilliam Woods University students recently won second place in three categories at the regional Collegiate DECA competition. They also placed third in two categories and fifth in another.

Collegiate DECA membership is a resource for future professionals who benefit from marketing, management and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

Eighteen students from William Woods attended the annual Missouri Collegiate DECA State Career Development Conference at Lodge of the Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, Missouri. During the conference, students competed in a rigorous industry-based competitive events program that encompassed more than 20 career areas.

Second place winners in the regional competition were Tori Brandt in Entrepreneurship; Taylor Finkel in Hotel and Lodging Management; and Paxton Hemkens, Rachel Skelton and Kierra Robinson in Advertising.

Jennifer Kurth and Lauren Rodewald took third in Advertising.  Rochelle Garcia and Tiffany Rhame competed in Sports and Entertainment Marketing and placed third. Ashley Bauer took fifth place in Travel and Tourism Management.

Also attending the conference were Jody Bischoff, Baylie Borman, Ida Jacaway, Sophie Lombardi Addy Reddish, Juan Roman, Lissy Wedell and Kaitlyn Wilson.Collegiate-Wheel

Top winners earned the privilege to represent Missouri at the International Career Development Conference, which this year will be held April 15-20 in Washington D.C.

Representing William Woods are Tori Brandt, WWU Collegiate DECA president, who will compete in Entrepreneurship; Sophia Lombardi, vice president, who will attend a four-day management seminar; and Rochelle Garcia and Tiffany Rhame, who will compete in Sports and Entertainment Marketing.

The active and successful Collegiate DECA team at William Woods is open to all students on campus. The WWU chapter was established in 2007, and the faculty adviser is Dr. Linda Duke, assistant professor marketing and business. For more information, contact Duke at Linda.Duke@Williamwoods.edu.


William Woods University students who attended Missouri Collegiate DECA State Career Development Conference are, left to right, back row: Kaitlyn Wilson, Lissy Wedell, Baylie Borman, Taylor Finkel, Addy Reddish, Tori Brandt, Lauren Rodewald, Jennifer Kurth, Ashley Bauer and Sophie Lombardi; front row: Ida Jacaway, Kierra Robinson, Juan Roman, Rochelle Garcia, Tiffany Rhame, Jody Bischoff, Paxton Hemkens and Rachel Skelton.