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Westonka DECA Sends Large Contingent to International Conference

May 15, 2019 — Mound Westonka High School sent 19 students to the 2019 DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, where over 22,000 business and marketing students competed for elusive glass trophies, each recognizing a Top 3 placement in the world. MWHS had the second-highest contingent of Internationals competitors of any Minnesota school this year.

The MWHS students competing at ICDC, which was held April 26-30, were:

  • Creative Marketing Chapter Project – sophomore Katie Clarke, junior Grace Hanson and senior Lauren Lachenmayer
  • Public Relations Chapter Project – senior Grace Elling, junior Chloe Kantola and senior Asha Martel
  • Finance Operations Research Project – juniors Melissa Drill, Emily Moore and Samantha Otto
  • Quick Serve Restaurant Role Play – senior JP Oftedahl, junior Maria Morande
  • Business Services Marketing Role Play – junior Amelia Proulx, sophomore Avery Finck
  • Sports and Entertainment Marketing Role Play – sophomore Jacob Heins
  • Retail Merchandising Role Play – ninth-grader Anna Reier
  • Restaurant & Food Service Management Role Play – sophomore Avery Robbins
  • Travel & Tourism Team Role Play – juniors Olivia Martel and Ari Zahasky
  • Principles of Marketing Role Play – senior Sam Dufault

“As I reflect on my first year as a DECA advisor, I couldn’t be more grateful to have the opportunity to travel with our chapter to ICDC in Florida,” said co-advisor Julie Thomas. “It was inspiring to see the hard work of our students pay off at such a rigorous level of competition.”

Thomas added, “I am so proud of all of our chapter members and look forward to many more years to come as a Mound Westonka DECA advisor!”

About Mound Westonka DECA

DECA is the leadership network that prepares students for careers in finance, hospitality, marketing and management. Through real-world experiences and classroom curriculum, DECA gives students a competitive edge for college and career success. In addition to competitions, the MWHS DECA chapter spends time participating in community service, attending leadership conferences and participating in a variety of other business events. MWHS DECA is advised by Thomas, Sue Simonson and Toby Robinson.


Sue Simonson
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