Eleven scholars to compete at international DECA competition April 23-27

Group of students in DECA pose for a photo with trophies and plaques.

Hopkins students earned recognition at the Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference.

The competitions simulate real-life business scenarios that test students’ academic understanding and skills development. To advance to the national level of competition, students had to finish in the top 4 spots within their events.

This year was especially good for the Hopkins team. A total of 250 kids from Minnesota qualify for the international competition. Hopkins had 11 students qualify out of 55, which puts us well above the state average.

“It’s always good to see the success, but we have kids that just miss making [the international competition] who worked hard too,” said Jesse Theirl, Hopkins DECA advisor.

Students receiving state recognition include:

  • Kittson Amdall — Integrated Marketing Campaign - Product, 4th
  • Joshua Anderson — Principles of Marketing, 4th
  • Wesley Besikof — Integrated Marketing Campaign - Event, 1st
  • Meredith Burke — Sports and Entertainment Operations Research, 2nd
  • Chloe Buschmann — Personal Financial Literacy, 1st
  • Chloe Buschmann — Sports and Entertainment Operations Research, 2nd
  • Laurel Cox — Sports and Entertainment Operations Research, 2nd
  • Sophia Farrell — Marketing Management Team Decision Making, 1st
  • Kate Nielsen — Marketing Management Team Decision Making, 1st
  • Oscar Wolfe — Principles of Marketing, 3rd
  • Oscar Wolfe — Integrated Marketing Campaign - Event, 1st
  • Sofie Schear — Integrated Marketing Campaign - Product, 4th
  • Bella Stewart — Integrated Marketing Campaign - Product, 4th

These students will travel to Atlanta, Georgia from April 23-27 to compete with more than 20,000 top students from around the world at the International Career Development Conference.