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CVTC Students Place High in DECA Competition

‚ÄčChippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) students who took part in a conference in Green Bay last week all did well in marketing and business simulations and testing. Of the 14 students from the CVTC Collegiate DECA chapter who attended, all placed in the top four in various competitions.

Earning first place finishes were Katy Montalbano, Eau Claire, fashion merchandising; Jolynn Rusin, Eau Claire, retail management; Alyssa Arnevik, Chippewa Falls, international business; Timothy (Bart) Bartos, New Richmond, marketing management; and Shelly Hanson, Eau Claire, entrepreneurship.

Placing second were Andrew Hellmann, Boyceville, restaurant management; Monica Loring, Chippewa Falls, retail management; Jamie Schlaugat, Colfax, international business; and Jake Dahl, Chippewa Falls, sports and entertainment. Placing third were Brittney Piel, Eau Claire, sports and entertainment; and Jonathan Ross, River Falls, professional selling. Placing fourth were Jonathan Wiesner, Prairie Farm, marketing management; Michelle Madison, Medford, sports and entertainment; and Brittany Stark, Eau Claire, professional selling.

Collegiate DECA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) focused on aspects of business and marketing. Other CTSOs taking part in the conference were Postsecondary Agriculture Students, Skills USA and Business Professionals of America. In addition to the competition, the conference offered development workshops, chapter officer training and other opportunities to help students grow. The CVTC students were competing against students from technical colleges as well as universities.