Ten members of the University of Mary chapter of Collegiate DECA, the international association of marketing students, took first-, second-, or third-place honors at the 2014 North Dakota Collegiate DECA State Career Development Conference held in Fargo Feb. 9-10.
This qualifies them to compete at the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference April 21-27, in Washington, D.C.
U-Mary students qualifying for the DC competition are: Caroline Crary, a senior from Fargo; Hannah Haynes, a junior from Plymouth, Minn.; Jenna Botner, a sophomore from Litchville, N.D.; Emily Repoch, a sophomore from Shelby, Mont.; Katrina Gallic, a freshman from Warren, N.J.; Robert Zweber, a junior from Menomonie, Wis.; Wesley Fagundes of Modesto, Calif.; Alex Borchardt, a senior from Prior Lake, Minn.; Madison Runge, a senior from Bismarck, and Jeff Oster, also a senior from Bismarck.
Additionally, Crary and Botner received the North Dakota Outstanding Service Award.
"Each year we always have students who step forward and take not only an aggressive approach to their professional development, but they mentor and encourage others to strive for excellence as well," said U-Mary DECA Advisor Karel Sovak. "This year, we had a number of students who never competed before and just crushed it. It is a testament to their commitment to self-development at this level."
For more information about DECA at U-Mary, contact Karel Sovak, assistant professor, Gary Tharaldson School of Business, Business Administration Program, at (701) 355-8042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.