MSU_DECA_delegation.jpgEighteen Mayville State University Collegiate DECA students participated in the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Washington, D.C. April 15-20, 2016. The annual conference provides the opportunity for students to compete against others from all over the world in business-specific events. In order to attend the international conference, the MSU students had to qualify at the state competition held in Fargo, N.D. this past February.

“As a chapter, we are sincerely grateful for all of the support that has been given to our organization. Without the help of many people, our students would not have been able to take part in the great learning opportunity that is ICDC,” said Mayville State Collegiate DECA public relations officer Leighanna Helgoe.

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.

DECA_finalists.jpgMayville State students Chris Snook and Brock Sherva were recognized individually with the Outstanding Chapter Leadership ribbon for their chapter contributions.

The MSU team received a chapter leadership award, and all 18 of the Mayville State international conference participants received individual leadership recognition on the stage of the historic Warner Theater during the Leadership Passport Awards ceremony. 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 build personal and professional skill sets focused around the organization’s four attributes and values: competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork.

Results from the ICDC competitions are as follows:

Banking Financial Services

Brock Sherva, Northwood, N.D. - Top 10 Finalist

Entrepreneurship – Starting a Business

Leigh Dean, Tullamarine, Australia - Top 10 Finalist

International Sales

Chris Snook, Newton, N.J. - Top 10 Finalist

Business Research

Remington Werner, Hector, Minn.; Leighanna Helgoe, Cavalier, N.D.; and Jordan Johnson, Hatton, N.D. - Top 10 Finalist

National Management Institute

Donte Stevens, Opa-Locka, Fla. - 2nd Place

Laura Ewert, Devils Lake, N.D. - 3rd Place

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.”  MSU Collegiate DECA is open to students in all majors. Students spend many hours fund-raising, and also receive generous support from the Larson Leadership Program and the After Hours social events organized by the MSU Division of Business.

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Top photo: The 18 MSU Collegiate DECA students who participated in the International Career Development Conference in Washington D.C. April 15-20 were (Back, l-r): Leigh Dean, Tullamarine, Australia; Ben Myszkowski, Hatton, N.D.; Chris Snook, Newton, N.J.;  Kade Pengilly, Langdon, N.D.; Alicia Nopola, Silver Bay, Minn.; Donte Stevens, Opa-Locka, Fla.; Jordan Johnson, Hatton, N.D.; Brock Sherva, Northwood, N.D.; Leighanna Helgoe, Cavalier, N.D. Middle: Rhonda Hodges, Mayville, N.D.; David Dukart, Killdeer, N.D.; Remington Werner, Hector, Minn.; Orson Gallardo, Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Maddie Gallardo, Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Anthony Stockfish, Lake Elsinore, Calif.; Jacob Pladson, Hatton, N.D. Front: Laura Ewert, Devils Lake, N.D., and Samantha Carlin, Hallock, Minn.

Bottom photo: ICDC competition finalists from Mayville State were: (Back, l-r): Leigh Dean, Leighanna Helgoe, Christopher Snook, and Brock Sherva. (Front, l-r) Remington Werner, Donte Stevens, Laura Ewert, and Jordan Johnson.