Of the 32 DSU students that competed at the DECA conference, 31 qualified to attend the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference next month in Washington, D.C.
“We had more first-year DECA students then ever before so there was some anxiety heading into competition; however, this is our strongest year of veteran leadership organized by our DECA president Jared Broad,” says DSU Marketing Professor and DECA co-advisor Bryon Geddes. “The anxiety left the moment our students walked on the campus at Weber State, and I saw the concentration and academic focus in their eyes. These are special students driven to be excellent.”
Among the top finishers were senior April Jones from St. George, who won first place in the Accounting competition; senior Shaun Russon (Fairview, Utah) claimed first place in Banking Financial Services; senior Jaden Cox (St. George) partnered with graduate student Karman Wilson (St. George) to take two first place awards in both Business Research and International Marketing; junior Clint Post (Hurricane, Utah) took first place with April Jones in Business to Business Marketing; seniors Ryan Burrows (Salt Lake City), Broc Hafen (St. George) and Mitchell Hancock (St. George) took first place in the Entrepreneurship (Starting a Business) category; junior Dantzel Butler (Brazil) took first place honors in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing; senior Nathaniel Kreitzer (Washington, Utah) and junior Amber Nau (Washington, Utah) won the Financial Statement Analysis competition; junior Lex Skeen (Plain City, Utah) took first place honors in Marketing Management; and Mitchell Hancock placed first in Sales Management Meeting.
“The focus and attention each student gave to their respective competitive areas was impressive,” said Dr. Philip Lee, Dean of the DSU Udvar-Hazy School of Business and a 35-year veteran advisor of the school’s DECA program. “This is an impressive group of 31 qualifiers from DSU, for sure.”
The following students qualified to represent the DSU in the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Washington, D.C., April 24-26: Jaden Banasynski, Nick Barnum, Garrett Baxter, Patrick Boyle, Jared Broad, Bryan Burrows, Ryan Burrows, Dantzel Butler, Jaden Cox, Sacha Davis, Breck Greenwall, Broc Hafen, Mitchell Hancock, McKayden Howard, April Jones, Braden Klafke, Nathaniel Kreitzer, Travis LaGrone, Amber Nau, Andrew Nielson, Chase Parker, Clint Post, Kami Rice, Jacob Rix, Shaun Russon, Lex Skeen, Zachary Stucki, Braden Tobler, Felicia White, Karman Wilson and Hilary Wotring.
For more information about Dixie State’s DECA program, please contact Marketing Professor Bryon Geddes at firstname.lastname@example.org.