WWU Students Successful at DECA Competition

A William Woods University organization, College DECA, victoriously competed at the 2010 Missouri state competition, placing in nine of 14 events. In addition, a WWU student, Josh Jackson of Mexico, Mo., was elected 2010-2011 president of the Missouri College DECA.


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 state competition was held Feb. 18-19 at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. WWU was represented by 26 students, making it the second largest chapter in attendance at the competition. All students who participated are now eligible to compete in the international competition in Louisville, Ky., April 16-20.


The WWU students placed as followed:

·         Olivia Nicholson of St. Louis, Mo., first in Restaurant and Food Service Management and first in Travel

·         Nikki Cole of Hermann, Mo., first in Sales Presentation and Tourism

·         Theresa Gregar of Louisburg, Kan., and Meghan Tosie of Fenton, Mo., first in Entrepreneurship

·         Amber Vieth of Jefferson City, Mo., first in Web Design and third in Marketing Management

·         Lisa Huntoon, of Kingdom City, Mo., second in Restaurant and Food Service Management

·         Kelly Tredway of Trenton, Mo., second in Sales Presentation

·         Marissa Ballard of San Carlos, Calif.,  and Amanda Iler of Union, Mo., second in Business Ethics

·         Melissa Smith of Fort Myers, Fla., second in Entrepreneurship and  fifth in Travel and Tourism

·         Taylor Gates of Columbia, Mo.,  third in Human Resource Management

·         Jake McDaniel of Fulton, Mo.,  and Ben Lifritz of O’Fallon, Mo., third in Sport and Entertainment Management

·         Jordan Murray of Farmington, Mo., and Cheryl Perkins of Fulton, Mo., third in Entrepreneurship


Other schools competing were Columbia College, Lincoln University, Moberly Area Community College, Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers Community College, University of Missouri-Columbia and a chapter from Illinois.  



Members of College DECA at William Woods University, with their sponsor, Linda Duke (blue jacket, bottom center), instructor of marketing and business.