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High school students advance to state DECA competition

January 25, 2012

Holmen students took nine first places to lead all high schools in the 40th annual DECA District One Career Development Conference Saturday, Jan. 14, at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Eau Claire Memorial had 4 winners, Chippewa Falls 2 and nine other schools each had 1 winner.

A total of 24 winners and 25 runners-up, including one tie, advanced to the state Career Development Conference to be held March 13-15 in Lake Geneva.

Holmen had the most state qualifiers with 17, followed by Memorial with 8 and Chippewa Falls 5.

About 500 students from 16 schools competed as individuals and teams. The other schools were Ashland, Eau Claire North, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, Glenwood City, La Crosse Central, La Crosse Logan, Maple Northwestern, Menomonie, Sparta, St. Croix Central, St. Croix Falls, Superior and Tomah.

Since 1946 DECA has provided co-curricular programs for students around the world interested in marketing, finance, hospitality and management careers.

The competition was hosted by the UW-Stout marketing and business education program and its affiliated Marketing and Business Education Association.

UW-Stout offers a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business education, the only such program in the UW System.

DECA District One Career Development Conference
Saturday, Jan. 14
UW-Stout, Menomonie, Wis.

Individual events

Accounting applications: 1. Lynsey Malin, Holmen; 2. Alex Munson, Chippewa Falls

Apparel and accessories marketing: 1. Imani Paul, La Crosse Logan; 2. Rebecca Davis, E.C. Memorial

Automotive services marketing: 1. Samuel Kmetz, E.C. Memorial; 2. Blake Johnson, Superior

Business finance: 1. Nicole Pederson, Holmen; 2. Mario Rossato, E.C. Memorial

Business services: 1. Destiney Gomez, Holmen; 2. Sam Stutzman, Holmen

Food marketing: 1. Andrew Saxton, La Crosse Central; 2. Taryn Lemke, Menomonie

Hotel and lodging management: 1. Jacob Grigsby, Maple Northwestern; 2. Alexandria Bolstad, E.C. Memorial

Human resource management: 1. Marina Dvorek, Holmen; 2. Olivia Buchli, Holmen

Marketing management: 1. Laurena Schug, Glenwood City; 2. Ally Ostrander, Sparta

Quick serve restaurant management: 1. Emma Madsen, Holmen; 2. Tomas Butzler, E.C. Memorial

Restaurant and food service management: 1. Gabbi Fasnacht, Holmen; 2. Luke Thompson, Menomonie

Retail merchandising: 1. Grant Jordahl, E.C. Memorial; 2. Sean Dubiel, Chippewa Falls

Sports and entertainment marketing: 1. Logan Nicolet, E.C. Memorial; 2. Chris Baxter, Holmen

Team events

Business law and ethics: 1. Alex Leis and Joe Hanson, Tomah; 2. (tie) Brittany Peterson and Sarah Loew, Chippewa Falls, and Kendra Nedegaard and Ashley Amundson, Holmen

Buying and merchandising: 1. Cullin Trivett and Sam Heiden, Holmen; 2. Nicole Mattson and Steven Mikel, Superior

Financial services: 1. Jasper Arneberg and Austin Thielen, Chippewa Falls; 2. Haley Hesselberg and Megan Pronschinske, Holmen

Hospitality services: 1. Tony Brown and Brandon Smith, Chippewa Falls; 2. Sarah Nestrud and Katie Stenroos, Superior

Marketing communications: 1. Allie Luz and Azia Peterslie, Holmen; 2. Rachel Radzak and Ali Bergstrom, Superior

Sports and entertainment marketing: 1. Nolan Holcombe and Gerald Mikel, Superior; 2. Zac Watson and Andy Shaw, Holmen

Travel and tourism: 1. Alexis Deignan and Brynn Larson, E.C. Memorial; 2. Sydney Brock and Emma Lamke, Holmen

Principles events

Priniciples of business administration: 1. Bekah Risch, Holmen; 2. Kaylin Spaeth, Glenwood City

Principles of finance: 1. Greg Lesneski, Ashland; 2. Josh Doyle, Glenwood City

Principles of hospitality and tourism: 1. Halle Knutson, Menomonie; 2. Courtney Von Arx, Holmen

Principles of marketing: 1. Ken Callaway, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau; 2. Carmen Molamphy, St. Croix Falls


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