February 26, 2024

DECA students qualify for nationals

cowley college DECA students

Eight Cowley College DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) students competed in the State DECA Conference held in Hillsboro, Kansas, on Friday, February 23. Each student competed in three events, and all eight qualified to compete at DECA Nationals April 19-24 in Austin, Texas.

For the individual events, students must take a 100-question exam, prepare a case study, and present in front of judges in a role-play scenario. Qualifications for attendance to nationals include weekly attendance at meetings, fundraising participation, current academic standing, performance at nationals, as well as minimum scores at nationals.

The following are the Cowley College results at the State DECA competition:

Individual Events:

  • Tammy Do
    • Fashion Merchandising and Marketing –— 1st
  • Jada Wilhoite
    • Sales Management and Leadership — 1st
  • Blythe Brewer
    • Entrepreneurship Operations — 2nd
    • Financial Accounting — 2nd
  • Demetrios Catlett
    • Travel and Tourism –— 2nd
    • Restaurant Management — 3rd
    • Hotel and Lodging — 3rd
  • Kaitlyn Ball
    • Marketing Management — 3rd
  • Joriz Mandac
    • Fashion Merchandising and Marketing — 3rd
    • Human Resource Management — 3rd
  • Jacob Creswell
    • Financial Accounting Exam — Highest overall score
  • Trey Thiel
    • Marketing Management — Highest case study score

DECA Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 215,000 members in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Spain. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance and accounting, and hospitality management. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to attend leadership conferences throughout the United States as well as local state-level conferences. At these conferences, students compete in their fields of study through case studies and prepared presentations, along with listening to diversified speakers and presentations in related fields of study.

Rama Peroo | Director of Institutional Communication
Cowley College
125 S. 2nd Street
Arkansas City, KS 67005