How 400 High School DECA Members Prep for Competition

On Friday, Nov. 16, the Minnesota School of Business–Lakeville DECA team hosted Burnsville High School’s DECA chapter to help them prepare for their upcoming district competition.

The high school students presented two role-plays and sales demonstrations or employment interviews to judges. The judges included faculty, staff and collegiate DECA members from Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville as well as community members.

Craig Wilson, Minnesota School of Business/Globe University Executive Accounting Chair and MSB-Lakeville’s DECA advisor, along with admissions team members Gretchen Seifert, Lindsey Rafnson, and Hannah Zenotti, and MSB- Lakeville DECA officer Christine Drentlaw, traveled to Burnsville High School the week before to help the team prepare for the practice competition.

Meggan Malone, Burnsville’s DECA advisor, appreciated MSB’s work to help her students.

“I can’t thank you enough for spending the morning with Burnsville DECA – the students had a great day (as I heard them on the bus returning to school),” said Malone. “As we approach district competition I feel more prepared because you have provided wonderful, constructive feedback for the students to learn from.”

Burnsville DECA was the second of four high school DECA chapters that Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville assisted this fall. In December, they hosted Northfield and Rosemount high schools. In October, 150 Lakeville North High School students came to campus to do their initial role-play presentations of the season. In total, approximately 400 DECA members will have benefited from MSB-Lakeville’s guidance.

Mike Zweber, Lakeville North’s DECA advisor, appreciated the help provided to his chapter.

 “The event was perfect,” said Zweber. “The students gained a lot of great experience and had fun doing it. Students received great feedback from the judges and the organization and facilities were top-notch. The whole set up made the night a huge success! I really appreciate your efforts.”

This is the second year MSB-Lakeville has helped local high schools prepare their DECA chapters. Due to the in-depth service provided, strong partnerships have developed between MSB-Lakeville and the business faculty of these high schools.

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Article originally posted on the Minnesota School of Business blog.

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