By Paul Schmitt
Gibraltar High School had four seniors compete in the International DECA Career Development Conference in California at the end of April. Over 2,000 teams were in the worldwide competition that saw Gibraltar placing in the top 20 for an entrepreneurship innovation plan with 180 teams competing in Anaheim. The team of Topher Andersen and Nathan Surges earned the medal. The DECA chapter from Gibraltar also gained international recognition for a community service campaign. Marketing and Business Education Teacher Mary Witteborg who serves as an advisor says the success of Gibraltar’s DECA program is a group effort.
Gibraltar was perfect at the State DECA Career Development Conference held in Lake Geneva two months ago with seven students achieving 100% earning awards.
(Photo contributed Topher Anderson and Nathan Surges)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GIBRALTAR DECA COMPETITORS EARN INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
Top 20 in Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan
The International DECA Career Development Conference was held in Anaheim, California April 25-29, 2017. Four Gibraltar seniors advanced to the International level of competition last March by competing at the State Conference in Lake Geneva.
The team of Christopher (Topher) Andersen and Nathan Surges earned an ICDC medal and placed in the top 20 in the world with their Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan. After their initial presentation of their online wholesale business venture proposal, they advanced to the finalist competition. Over 2,000 teams participated in this event world-wide, with approximately 180 competing at the International level last week. Placing in the top 20 is an amazing achievement. Andersen is the son of Bill and Heather Andersen, Ephraim. Surges is the son of Jim and Kathy Surges, Fish Creek.
The Gibraltar DECA Chapter also earned International recognition for their Community Service Campaigns. Amber Kelly and Alexis Schnick were the project managers for the GO BO Foundation Homecoming Fundraiser, Halloween Trick or Can Drive and the Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade & Benefit. Kelly is the daughter of Kevin Kelly, Baileys Harbor and Amy Kelly, Sturgeon Bay. Schnick is the daughter of David and Janet Schnick, Egg Harbor.
The trip was sponsored by On Deck Clothing Company, e-tailer, Inc., Hide Side Corner Store, K&H Builders, Ludwigsen & Tischler, Meissner Landscape, Door County Nature Works, Wilki Orthodontics, J. Jeffry Taylor, Main Street Market, Northern Door Communications, Forefront Dermatology, Ecology Sports, Jeffrey & Lauren Greenbury, Bollenbeck Fyfe, S.C., Mert Larsen, Gibraltar Area Schools and the GBAY/DECA School Based Enterprise. Mary Witteborg, Marketing & Business Education, serves as their DECA Adviser.