By Paul Schmitt
Gibraltar business students earned 26 awards at the District DECA Career Conference last Saturday at Bay Port High School. Fifteen students from Gibraltar competed with ten receiving awards. Mary Witteborg, Marketing and Business Education teacher and DECA Advisor says the Gibraltar contingent fared very well.
Gibraltar will now advance to the State Career Development Conference in March with the opportunity to go on to compete at the International CDC in Anaheim, California in April.
GIBRALTAR DECA EARNS 26 AWARDS AT DISTRICT CAREER CONFERENCE
DECA, an Association of Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship Students.
Fifteen business students competed at the Northeast Wisconsin District DECA Career Development Conference on Saturday, January 14 at Bayport High School. Ten students earned 26 awards in seven different career concentrations. Each competitor took a 100 questions career specific exam and participated in two role play scenarios with judges from throughout NE Wisconsin.
Freshman Brandon Stillman, son of Greg and Denise Stillman, earned first place in the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism Series by medaling in all three events; Hospitality Cluster Exam, Customer Service role play and the Communications role play.
Senior Nathan Surges, son of Jim and Kathy Surges, earned second place in the Apparel and Accessories Series medaling in all three events; Marketing Cluster Exam, Customer Relations role play and the Promotion role play.
Senior Connor Moore earned 3rd place in Business Finance and medaled in the Finance Exam and Financial Analysis role play. Christopher Andersen earned two medals in Business Finance, also; the Finance Exam and Economics role play.
Senior Jon Kordon earned 4th place in Restaurant and Food Marketing series by medaling in the Hospitality Cluster Exam, Communications and Technology role play and the Promotion role play. Senior Ian Moore also medaled in the exam and Promotion role play event.
Seniors Alexis Schnick and Amber Kelly earned two medals in the Marketing Management Series; Marketing Cluster Exam and the Product Management Role Play.
Senior Matt Scharrig earned two medals in Food Marketing; Marketing Cluster Exam and Promotion role play.
Brandon Emery-Janzen earned two medals in Human Resource Management; the Business Management and Administration Exam and the HRM Employee Relations role play.
Eight area business people judged at the conference; Teri Berndt, Lynn Herman, Mike Peot, Jim Jordan, Phil and Christine Salmon, Caitlyn Oleson, and Bob Loss. Berndt, Herman, Jordan, C.Salmon, Loss, Claudia Scimeca and Rich Geils also mentored the competitors prior to the competitions. Their adviser, Mary Witteborg, coordinated practice sessions and mentored students in preparation for their events She also states that to have a 67% success rate of student participants is an outstanding achievement. Seven students go on to compete at the State Career Development Conference in March. State Champions go on to compete at the International CDC in Anaheim in April.
Photo submitted: Front Row L-R: Nathan Surges, Brandon Stillman, Amber Kelly, Alexis Schnick and Connor Moore. Back Row: Brandon Emery-Janzen, Topher Andersen, Jon Kordon and Matt Scharrig.