DECA students score big at international competition

DEAC team photo

DECA participants at the 2014 international conference in Washington, D.C.

Following their success at the Pacific Northwest Career Development Conference in February, Shoreline Community College DECA went to Washington D.C. to test their knowledge and skills at the 2014 International Career Development Conference (ICDC) from April 23-26.

Collegiate DECA ICDC brings roughly 2,000 college students together from around the world to compete in business simulations. With almost every aspect of business represented in the form of a business simulation, case study or prepared presentation, students have the opportunity to test themselves against the best business students from other colleges and universities.

Shoreline DECA qualified 15 members for the international competition. Students presented to business professionals from the D.C. area, creating a link between their studies and real life business scenarios. This is the 48th consecutive year Shoreline DECA has competed at ICDC.

DECA winners photo

Blake McBride, Katie LeBrun, Liem Nguyen, Omar Marouf and Frenchie Loveheart earned honors at the 2014 DEAC conference in Washington, D.C.

The following competitors placed in the top three:

  • Omar Marouf, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, 2nd Place
  • Liem Nguyen, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, 2nd Place

The following competitors placed in the top ten:

  • Katie LeBrun, Business-to-Business Marketing
  • Blake McBride, Business-to-Business Marketing
  • Frenchie Loveheart, Entrepreneurship

The rest of the Shoreline DECA team included:

  • Nissi Abundiz, Professional Sales
  • Sarah Baker, Business Ethics
  • Andrea Csutak, Business Ethics
  • William Holmes, Hospitality Marketing
  • Kay Sage, Human Resource Management
  • Ashley Kelly, Business Ethics
  • Zach Olson, Marketing Management
  • Alex Purdy, Retail Management
  • Silvia Rojas, Business Ethics
  • Xanne Sarka, Hospitality Marketing

Shoreline DECA’s advisor Mona Starr received DECA’s 2014 Outstanding Service Award. The award is presented to professionals who have made distinguished contributions to further the mission of DECA at the international level for more than five years. The other Shoreline DECA advisors attending the conference were David Starr and Stephen McCloskey.

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