Several Mayville State University students participated in the North Dakota Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference in Fargo, N.D. Feb. 14 and 15. The annual state conference provides an opportunity for students to compete in business-related events against 128 of their peers representing eight other North Dakota colleges and universities. Mayville State University’s Collegiate DECA chapter made a strong impact at this year’s conference, qualifying several students for the International Competition which will take place in Washington, D.C. April 16-19, 2016.

Results for Mayville State students are as follows:

Business Research:1st place - Leighanna Helgoe, Cavalier, N.D.; Jordan Johnson, Hatton, N.D.; and Remington Werner, Hector, Minn.

Entrepreneurship (Starting a business): 1st place - Leigh Dean, Tullamarine, Australia, and Brock Sherva, Northwood, N.D.

Accounting: 3rd place - Jacob Pladson, Hatton, N.D.; National Qualifier - David Dukart, Killdeer, N.D.

Banking Financial Services: 1st place - Brock Sherva, Northwood, N.D.; 3rd place - Chris Snook, Sussex, N.J.

Fashion Merchandising & Marketing: 3rd place - Leighanna Helgoe, Cavalier, N.D.; National Qualifier - Kade Pengilly, Langdon, N.D.

Hotel & Lodging: National Qualifier - Ben Myszkowski, Hatton, N.D.; National Qualifier - Remington Werner, Hector, Minn.

Travel and Tourism: National Qualifier - Leigh Dean, Tullamarine, Australia.

Professional Selling: 2nd place - Chris Snook, Sussex, N.J.; 3rd place - Anthony Stockfish, Lake Elsinore, Calif.

International Marketing: 2nd place - Madie Gallardo, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Anthony Stockfish, Lake Elsinore, Calif.; 3rd place - Leigh Dean, Tullamarine, Australia, and Leighanna Helgoe, Cavalier, N.D.

Financial Statement: 1st place - Jacob Pladson, Hatton, N.D., and Brock Sherva, Northwood, N.D.

Human Resource Management: 2nd place - Rhonda Hodges, Mayville, N.D.

In addition to a great showing in the competitive events, Mayville State University also was recognized with the Community Service Award. The Community Service Award is designed to recognize Collegiate DECA chapters for civic activities performed in their community.

Mayville State also brought home two individual awards. The North Dakota Collegiate DECA Outstanding Service Award went to Chris Snook and Brock Sherva. The Chapter Leadership Award recognizes Collegiate DECA student members for their leadership on their campus and with their chapter.

The successful outing for the Mayville State group was capped off with the announcement that Madie Gallardo of Mayville State was elected to the position of vice president for North Dakota Collegiate DECA for the 2016-2017 school year.

Photo caption: MSU Collegiate DECA members and advisors who participated in the North Dakota Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference in Fargo, N.D. Feb. 14 and 15. Pictured in the front (l-r) are Laura Ewert, Rhonda Hodges, Samantha Carlin, Madeleyne Gallardo, Orson Gallardo, Brock Sherva, Remington Werner, Gretchen Freed, Heather Nygaard, Leighanna Helgoe. In the back row (l-r) are David Dukart, Dustin Olson, Jacob Pladson, Alicia Nopola, Donte Stevens, Jace Pederson, Kade Pengilly, Anthony Stockfish, Chris Snook, Leigh Dean, Ben Myszkowski, Logan Staigle, Rob Johnston, and Jordan Johnson.