March 1, 2022

Mayville State University students Julia Kohls and Jamison Zaun have been elected to the top leadership positions in North Dakota Collegiate DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America). Kohls, a junior from Mayville, N.D., will serve as the state DECA president for the 2022-23 academic year, while Zaun, a junior from Wahpeton, N.D., has been re-elected to the position of state vice president. Elections took place at the North Dakota Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference held Feb. 13 and 14 in Fargo, N.D. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Julia Kohls.jpgJulia Kohls is pursuing double majors in business administration and agribusiness with a specialization in marketing. She currently service as Vice President of Public Relations for the Mayville State Collegiate DECA chapter. In that role, she is in charge of social media and relaying information to the chapter members using that platform.

“I feel social media is an important piece of recruiting members and sharing information,” said Kohls.

One of her goals as the state president will be to increase the organization’s social media presence in hopes of increasing member recruitment statewide. She will use social media to feature members from the various chapters across the state, as well as state activities. She also plans to create social media challenges.

Jamison Zaun.jpgAnother goal for Julia is to increase engagement among Collegiate DECA chapters in North Dakota, promoting teamwork. She said that sharing ideas about recruitment, activities, chapter passport items, and more among chapters and officer teams will take the state chapter to the next level.

Jamison Zaun is majoring in business administration and pursuing specializations in management, banking, and finance. She plans to graduate in May of 2023.

Zaun was involved in DECA as a high school student. She said, “I enjoy it because of all the opportunities the organization gives for networking and learning from others.”