University’s Collegiate DECA performed well at the
they do very well in these
competitions,” said Duke, WWU assistant professor of
marketing and business and the group’s adviser.
joined more than 140
other college students
from Missouri, Kansas and Illinois Feb. 16
and 17 to compete in the annual
Collegiate DECA tri-state
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
DECA programs assist in developing
academically prepared, community-oriented, professionally responsible,
individual and team events, and
the students select which to
participate in. Although all
of the events relate to business, students have a wide array of events to
choose from””all of which provide an excellent opportunity for them to gain
experience and network.
realistic preview of careers that they’ve
been looking at so they go into the right
career to begin with,” Duke said.
especially, the international [competition] just can’t be replaced. You meet people that will hire you,
and that will network
with you for future career opportunities.”
at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark,
Mo. About half of the
students who attended
placed in the top five.
- Bridgette Doig, Escondido, Calif., and Elizabeth Thomas,
Amherst, Ohio, first
- Olivia Koselanky, Sterling Heights, Mich., first in sales;
- Katie GannonSt. Louis, Mo., second in web design;
- Lisa Coppersmith, Houston, Texas , third in web design;
- Bridgette Doig, third in marketing
- Tricia Jackson, Valley Park,
Mo., and Tara Sebold, Fults, Ill. third in business
- Olivia Nicholson, St.
Louis, Mo., third in hotel management
and third place in travel and
- Dacia Smith, La Grange, Ill., third in fashion;
- Kasey Radcliff, St.
Peters, Mo., and Dacia Smith, third, sports and entertainment marketing.
- Kasey Radcliff, fifth in retail
placed at the proficiency level.
20-24, where they will compete on
the international level. According to Duke, at least 1,200 other
students will be
introduce more students to the team. She encourages students to join DECA as it is a
doable activity that will provide
Woods University students Elizabeth Thomas (left) and Bridgette Doig
(right) capture first in
entrepreneurship in Collegiate
DECA’s recent tri-state
competition. With them is their adviser, Linda