Cooper students win big at Minnesota DECA conference

Cooper students win big at Minnesota DECA conference
Posted on 03/22/2017
Nineteen students from Cooper recently participated in the annual Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference in Minneapolis March 19-21.
This April, David Necas and Jack Rybarczyk are invited to travel to Anaheim, California to compete with 18,000 top students from around the world at the International Career Development Conference – the pinnacle of DECA competition. Jael Kerandi, Ellie Gentry, Jenny Gray, Sophie Pletcher, and Skylar Smiley will also be traveling to Anaheim to participate in the Thrive Conference after winning their spots for community service efforts and promotional activities they did throughout the year. 
Top 3 State Finalists
1st Place: Jack Rybarczyk – Virtual Business Challenge (International Qualifier)
2nd Place: David Necas – Personal Financial Literacy (International Qualifier)
1st Place: Marnie Dickson – Virtual Business Challenge
1st Place: Alice Zieska – Virtual Business Challenge
1st Place: David Lindgren – Virtual Business Challenge

Top 12 State Finalists 
Jordan Baribeau – Franchise Business Plan
Patricia Bartos – Personal Finance Written Test Score
Keon Gates – Business Growth Plan
Ellie Gentry – Business Growth Plan
Nikoli Hovorka – Franchise Business Plan
Nikoli Hovorka – Marketing Management Team Decision Making
Jael Kerandi – Business Services Marketing
Jael Kerandi – Sales Demonstrations
David Lindgren – Franchise Business Plan
Lucas Messer – Franchise Business Plan
David Necas – Franchise Business Plan
Jack Rybarczyk – Franchise Business Plan
Jack Rybarczyk – Marketing Management Team Decision Making
Skylar Smiley – Employment Interview Advanced Level

Leadership Awards
Minnesota DECA Speakers’ Bureau – Jael Kerandi
Outstanding DECA member – Jael Kerandi
Membership Campaign
Chapter Campaigns
Outstanding DECA Advisor – Ms. Hershey
"I am so proud that for the second year in a row, we have two International Qualifiers in the Personal Finance categories," said DECA Adviser Briana Hershey. "We have never had this many State Finalists in one year. All the students worked hard and made Cooper proud."

During the school year, approximately 4,000 Minnesota DECA student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete in over 50 events focused in the areas of entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, marketing and other related fields.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.
The Minnesota High School Association is part of a larger organization comprised of over 215,000 members from all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain.