DECA members compete at mini-conference

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More than 50 MHS DECA members competed at the UW-Whitewater Mini-Conference on Saturday, Nov. 9.

MHS sent 54 students to the competition. Students did an individual role play, as well as a team role play, and took a marketing exam. Medals are awarded based on their performance in all three events. 

"It's a great introduction to DECA competitions for first-time competitors," MHS DECA adviser Robert Hutchison said. "It's also a way for experienced competitors to shake off the rust and get back into competition mode. This was, by far, the biggest group to compete at UW-Whitewater. It's nice to see students take advantage of this opportunity."  

MHS medal winners incuded Ashley Biwott, Anders Clark, Grace DeCroix, Sam Eggert, Emery Engling, Guyan Gibson, Franklin Hu, Aarush Jain, Rohan Kommuri, Karen Lu, Samantha Meister, Christie Munson, Kate Patterson Elena Roden, Akshita Pattnaik, Lauren Poehling, Jackson Rademacher, Ian Watson, and Daphne Wu.  

Aarush Jain was named Series Champion based on his overall score from all three events.  

"One thing that really made me proud was how all of my chapter officers went to help coach the competitors.  That was neat to see," Hutchison said.

The competition was started years ago to give DECA members experience with competition before Districts in January, Hutchison said. The conference is also a fundraiser for UW-Whitewater's Marketing Education Association.

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) has been around for more than 60 years and has more than 185,000 student members in 5,000 high schools. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

UW Credit Union is a proud sponsor of MHS DECA.