Mayville_State_DECA_at_ICDC-web.jpgSixteen Mayville State University Collegiate DECA students participated in the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla. April 18 to 21, 2015. The annual conference provides the opportunity for students to compete against others from all over the world in business-specific events. The MSU students qualified for the Florida competition as a result of contests held at the state conference held in Fargo in February.

As a team, the Mayville State University chapter received the Community Service Award, which is designed to recognize Collegiate DECA chapters for civic activities performed on campus and in their communities. The Mayville chapter also received Leadership Passport recognition.

Individual chapter leadership recognition ribbons were awarded to two Mayville State chapter members, Amber Montag and Josh Seminario.

North Dakota’s Collegiate DECA advisor of the year, Dustin Olson from Mayville State, was also recognized on stage in front of the 1,600 International Career Development Conference participants.

All 16 MSU members were also recognized on stage for receiving individual Leadership Passport Awards. The Collegiate DECA Leadership Passport Program encourages local chapters and individual members to plan activities and participate in events that enhance the experiences of members. The Leadership Passport rewards action taken by members and chapters that build personal and professional skill sets focused around the organizations four attributes and values: competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork.

Mayville State award winners are as follows:

Banking and Finance: Brock Sherva - event finalist, top 10 finalist.

International Sales: Chris Snook – event finalist, top 10 finalist; Rochester Mugumbate  - event finalist, top 10 finalist.

Business Research: Leigh Dean, Leighanna Helgoe, Chris Snook - event finalist, top 10 finalist;

Niralee Ranchod, Beau Sorenson, Kaitlyn Timian - event finalist.

Hotel and Lodging: Remington Werner - Award of Excellence

“The members of our chapter are sincerely thankful for all of the support that have been given to our organization. Without this help, we would not have been able to take part in the great learning opportunities afforded by the international conference,” said Remington Werner, public relations office for the Mayville State DECA chapter.

Collegiate DECA’s overlying mission is to “prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.”  Collegiate DECA is open to all students that hold an interest in business and/or computer information systems. 

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Back row (left to right):  Rob Johnston, adviser; Josh Seminario, Fairbanks, Alaska; Dustin Olson, adviser; Chris Snook, Newton, N.J.; Allan Nota, Havare, Aimbabwe; Rochester Mugumbate, Havare, Zimbabwe; Leighanna Helgoe, Cavalier, N.D.; Kaitlyn Timian, Arthur, N.D.; and Beau Sorenson, Hawley, Minn.

Front row (left to right): Niri Ranchod, , Havare, Zimbabwe; Abby Niemann, Hoople, N.D.; Laura Ewert, Devils Lake, N.D.; Maddy Gallardo, Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Remington Werner, hector, Minn; Nicole Meyer, Mounds View, Minn.; Amber Montag, Finley, N.D.; Brock Sherva, Northwood, N.D.; and Leigh Dean, Tullamarine, Australia.