Joplin, MO (SNS) – The Collegiate DECA club at Missouri Southern State University earned several state honors during the 2015 Collegiate DECA Missouri State Career Development Conference, held Feb. 27-28 in Jefferson City.

The conference featured competitive events for individuals and teams, with students attempting to qualify for the International Career Development Conference, to be held April 18-22 in Orlando, Fla. Each student was allowed to compete in up to two events.

The Missouri Southern club, which is sponsored by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business, received seven trophies during the state competition.

“The club had a great showing particularly considering the number of students participating for the first time in a C-DECA competition,” said Stu Dunlop, PBL/CDECA sponsor. “It was quite an achievement for our team to win the Quiz Bowl competition, as it showed the level of knowledge our students are retaining in business-related topics.”

State Champions
Quiz Bowl Team – won $700 for the chapter
Dillon Walker, junior, Webb City – finance exam and accounting contest
Kyle Prisock, junior, Joplin – hospitality exam
Michael Maddock, senior, Carl Junction – retail management

Third Place
Cara Nicole Gooch, senior, Bolivar – marketing management
Holly Loncarich, junior, Fairview – banking and financial systems

Fifth Place
Stephen Holman, senior, Carthage – travel and tourism

Proficiency Ratings
Emmalee Smith, freshman, Carthage – human resource management
Holly Loncarich, junior, Fairview, and Marcus Mahaffey, junior, Ritchey – business ethics
Aditya Malhotra, junior, Lagos, Nigeria, and Madie Plet, senior, Bromma, Stockholms Län, Sweden – international marketing
Neal Davidson, senior, Anderson – marketing management
Neal Davidson and Stephen Holman, senior, Carthage – sports and entertainment marketing
Kelly Streeter, senior, Joplin – retail management
Marcus Mahaffey, junior, Ritchey – retail management
Viktoryia Johnson, senior, Mogilev, Minsk, Belarus – travel and tourism

Collegiate DECA is a postsecondary student business organization for students preparing for careers in the business world. The international organization has more than 15,000 members.

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