Joplin, MO (SNS) – Dillon Walker, who will graduate this month from Missouri Southern State University, successfully defended his title during the Colligate Delta Epsilon Chi (C-DECA) International Accounting Competition title at the 55th annual International Career Development Conference held last month in Washington, D.C.

C-DECA students from Missouri Southern participated with more than 1,300 other students in professional development activities, competitive events and management institutes.

Walker, who will graduate this month with his master’s in accountancy degree, won the accounting competition for the second straight year.

“The competition includes a finance exam and a role-playing event where you are an accountant presenting information to a client that is specific to them,” the Webb City resident said.

The MSSU C-DECA contingent was comprised of 11 business students who competed in a variety of business-related events. Awarded alongside Walker was senior Kyle Prisock, Joplin, who earned a Top 10 finish in the Marketing Management category.

The team of Kat Wallace and Colt Craig, both sophomores from Webb City, competed in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing category. Freshmen Nathan Teeter, Joplin, and Thomas Vernon, Neosho, competed in Business Ethics. Both teams qualified for the final rounds in their respective events.

As part of the trip, Rep. Billy Long and his staff hosted the students in a tour of the White House and the Capitol. Several students were also able to visit the Library of Congress, the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall as well as other historic sites.

The Missouri Southern State University C-DECA Club is sponsored by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business. C-DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in various areas of marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.