Rain, Sleet, Darkness: Nothing Stops These Budding Business Leaders

Neither rain nor sleet nor dark of morning could stop Minnesota School of Business (MSB) Collegiate DECA students from participating in the DECA Invitational at the MSB-Lakeville campus on January 11.

Students competed in nine different events, from retail management to human resources, accounting to marketing management. The tournament was a “tune up” for the state conference and competition to be held at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato on February 26-28.

The students, who represented six MSB campuses, entered up to three events and had 30 minutes to an hour to prepare their case for the judge. Most of the events were for individuals, but Business Ethics and Business-to-Business Marketing involved teams of two. The top three competitors or teams in each category went home with medals. In a handful of categories, local sponsors provided scholarships to help fund the cost for the state conference.

“DECA provides our students a unique opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that prepare them for their future careers,” said Craig Wilson, accounting program chair at Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville. “Experiential events like this invitational allow students to practice what they are learning in the classroom and further enhance those skills.”

At the end of the day everyone had a blast, got to know each other better, and are excited for the state conference!

Below are the final results from the competition.


1st: Ryan Skluzacek – MSB Lakeville

2nd: Kris Selting – MSB Lakeville

3rd: Christine Drentlaw – MSB Lakeville

Business Ethics

1st: Maggie Scheel & Dennis Stevenson – MSB Elk River

2nd: Taylor Metcalf & Larissa Eggler – MSB Rochester

3rd: Jamie Heskett & Christine Drentlaw – MSB Lakeville

Business-to-Business Marketing

1st: Breanne Nelson & Thomas Monson – MSB Blaine

2nd: Joshua Nelson & Bill Schumacher – MSB Blaine

3rd: Jacob Reichenberger & Darren Thomas – MSB Lakeville

Corporate Finance

1st: Christine Drentlaw – MSB Lakeville

2nd: Kris Selting –MSB Lakeville

3rd: Ryan Skluzacek – MSB Lakeville

Employment Application

1st: Cory Ley – MSB St. Cloud

2nd: Bruce Doeden – MSB Lakeville

3rd: Jacob Reichenberger – MSB Lakeville

Human Resource Management

1st: Jennifer Malecha – MSB Rochester

2nd: (Tie) Breanne Nelson – MSB Blaine

2nd: (Tie) Maggie Scheel – MSB Elk River

Marketing Management

1st: Thomas Monson – MSB Blaine

2nd: Darren Thomas – MSB Lakeville

3rd: Ray Reagan – MSB Elk River

Retail Management

1st: Maggie Scheel – MSB Elk River

2nd: Leroy Ruben-Schmitz – MSB Rochester

3rd: Thomas Monson – MSB Blaine

Sales Management Meeting

1st: Alexia Roberts – MSB Richfield

2nd: Gabriel Muller – MSB Rochester

3rd: Darren Thomas – MSB Lakeville

Thank you to the generous event sponsors: Aero Assemblies, Inc., S.B. Budenske, CPA, Ltd., Wallen-Friedman & Floyd, PLLP – Attorneys at Law, Oak Court Consulting, and Jimmy Johns Lakeville.

To find out more about Collegiate DECA check out their website.

Article originally posted on the Minnesota School of Business blog.

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