William Woods University’s College DECA faced tough competition at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Louisville, Ky., but still had two students compete in the final round.
DECA is an international organization for college students preparing for a variety of careers. WWU College DECA programs engage students from a variety of educational disciplines, while maintaining a strong focus on business-related areas such as marketing, management and entrepreneurship.
Activities promoted by DECA integrate with and enhance the student’s college curriculum. WWU’s DECA is sponsored by Linda Duke, instructor of marketing and business.
The international conference drew more than 1,400 attendees, with 1,200 students competing. Missouri sent 71 students, and of those, 13 made it to the final round, including two from William Woods University.
The two finalists from WWU were Amber Vieth of Jefferson City, Mo., in web site development, and Nikki Cole of Hermann, Mo., in sales presentation. Vieth placed in the top 10 for web design.
“All students did a wonderful job. Competing at an international level is quite different than a state level. It is a great learning and networking experience, and a great way to once again show off the ‘Woods Way,’” said Duke.
Other students who attended were Josh Jackson of Mexico, Mo.; Theresa Gregar of Louisburg, Kan.; Meghan Tosie of Fenton, Mo.; Kelly Tredway of Trenton, Mo.; Amanda Iler of Union, Mo.; Jake McDaniel of Fulton, Mo.; Ben Lifritz of O’Fallon, Mo.; Marissa Ballard of San Carlos, Calif.; Olivia Nicholson of St. Louis, Mo., and Cheryl Perkins of Fulton, Mo.