Stoked for State

The Collegiate DECA Wisconsin Association Development Conference is just around the corner, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Collegiate DECA chapter cannot wait to get on stage!

In preparation for competitions, we competed in the Western Regional Conference held at Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wis., brought in guest speakers and did mock role-plays for each other.

We brought 10 members, more than half of which were competing in their first DECA competition, to the Western Regional Conference. This was an extremely rewarding experience for both new and returning members. Here, we were able to socialize with our other regional chapters over lunch, take a practice written test and compete in a case study. For members who were competing for their very first time, this event gave them confidence to put their nerves at ease and get even more stoked for state!

We were also grateful to have guest speaker John Muldoon, owner of Muldoon Men’s Wear, speak to our chapter about professional attire. John provided us with an abundance of helpful tips that will be sure to keep us looking sharp at state! Next we are looking forward to having Emily Elsner Twesme share tips on how to impress our judges.

Using our time wisely, we have been utilizing the case study events provided on the DECA website. Several meetings have been fully dedicated to mock role-play practice. We have also had groups of 3-4 members prepare a case to present to the entire chapter. The members then gave feedback to the presenters. Most recently we moved to a method that reenacts what it will be like at state. Each person was given a role-play to prepare and play out with a chapter officer. As a judge, I was truly impressed with the ideas and dedication put into these practice case studies.

We are very excited to have such a large percent of our chapter attending state this year. The hard work, excitement and dedication from our members are sure to pay off this year!

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