West Salem leads qualifying for state DECA competition
University organizes regional high school contest for 45th year
January 13, 2017
West Salem took
seven first places and had 11 state qualifiers to lead all high schools in the
45th annual DECA District One Career Development Conference held Saturday,
Jan. 7, at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
A total of 48 winners and runners-up advanced to the state
tournament March 7-9 in Lake Geneva.
The competition drew 646 students from 20 area high schools
who competed in 18 individual and six team events.
Hudson had the second-most qualifiers with nine followed by
Holmen with six, Superior with four and three apiece for Glenwood City,
Menomonie, Northwestern and Sparta. Eau Claire North and Chippewa Falls each
had two qualifiers. Eau Claire Memorial and La Crosse Central had one apiece.
Other schools competing were Altoona, Ashland, Ladysmith, La
Crosse Logan, St. Croix Falls, Stanley-Boyd, Tomah and Whitehall.
Since 1946 DECA has provided co-curricular programs for
students around the world interested in marketing, finance, hospitality and
The competition was hosted by the UW-Stout marketing and
business education undergraduate program and its affiliated Marketing and
Business Education Association. A lead organizer was Brett Weinfurter, of
Wisconsin Rapids, vice president of MBEA.
Along with UW-Stout students, faculty and staff volunteers,
industry professionals from the region volunteered as event judges.
UW-Stout offers a bachelor’s degree
in marketing and business education, the only such program in the UW System.
Results / State Qualifiers
DECA District One Career Development Conference
Saturday, Jan. 7
UW-Stout, Menomonie, Wis.
Accounting applications: 1. Shane Craig, West Salem; 2.
Daniel Southard, Eau Claire Memorial
Apparel and accessories marketing: 1. Nicole Hendry,
Superior; 2. Kaylie Scalze, Glenwood City
Automotive services marketing: 1. Aleshia Furlano, West
Salem; 2. Erica Kinnard, Menomonie
Business finance: 1. Alexandra Liethen, Holmen; 2. Olivia
Business services marketing: 1. Taylor Causby, Hudson; 2.
Steve Saubtine, Superior
Food marketing: 1. Nyah Anderson, Glenwood City; 2. Maddy
Harr, West Salem
Hotel and lodging management: 1. Makayla O’Brien, Glenwood
City; 2. Micah Mravik, Holmen
Human resource management: 1. Kaylee Mulholland, West Salem;
2. Amber Wuensch, Holmen
Marketing communications: 1. Saleya Yukel, Menomonie; 2.
Tayler Jones, West Salem
Personal financial literacy: 1. Hattie Stark, Menomonie; 2.
Paige Orlowski, Northwestern
Principles of business management and administration: 1.
Nikolas Kramer, Hudson; 2. Colin Richter, Hudson
Principles of finance: 1. Scott Rust, Hudson; 2. Evan
Principles of hospitality and tourism: 1. Julia Stoleson,
West Salem; 2. Ellie Johnson, Hudson
Principles of marketing: 1. Matt Schumacher, West Salem; 2.
Aspen Richter, Hudson
Quick serve restaurant management: 1. Braden Nissen, Holmen;
2. Nathaniel Kuepfer, Chippewa Falls
Restaurant and food service management: 1. Max Koss, Holmen;
2. Jack Johnson, Hudson
Retail merchandising: 1. Jenna Gajewski, Holmen; 2. Maggie
Sports and entertainment marketing: 1. Connor Koepnick, West
Salem; 2. Hunter Willmore, Superior
Buying and merchandising: 1. Sparta (Tori Hanson, Whitney
Page); 2. Eau Claire North (Rebecca Bell, Mackenzie Heiman)
Business law and ethics: 1. La Crosse Central (Ava Lange, Grace
Olson); 2. Holmen (Samantha Olson, Kaitlyn Schmitt)
Financial services: 1. West Salem (Josh Krien, Nate Krien);
2. West Salem (Eric Moen, Brandon Schran)
Hospitality services: 1. Northwestern (Jennifer Thul, Molly
Neven); 2. West Salem (Graham Walter, Alec Gorski)
Sports and entertainment marketing: 1. Sparta (Lydia Hone, Abby
Hone); 2. Eau Claire North (Brady Kays, Mason Phillips)
Travel and tourism: 1. Northwestern (Madison Trautt, Journey
Brown); 2. Chippewa Falls (Jordan Steinmetz, Cole Oliver)
Falls was one of 20 high schools competing Jan. 7 in the DECA District
One Career Development Conference. Chippewa Falls had two state
qualifiers and other medal-winners.