STAR JOURNAL REPORT
Rhinelander High School students competed at the Wisconsin DECA Career and Development Conference in Lake Geneva earlier this month. DECA is an organization that prepares students in the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.
Individual and team competitive events range from finance and banking systems to sports and entertainment marketing. At the state tournament, students answered a 100-question test concerning the field their event is in, as well as an economics test. They also performed two role plays in which the student is given a business situation to act out and resolve.
Five Rhinelander students qualified to compete at the DECA International Career and Development Conference (ICDC), which will be held in Anaheim, Calif. in late April. Haley Sisel, Faith Bartelt, and Elliot Fehlen (Abigail Krueger will compete in place of Fehlen) placed second in the Community Service Project event and will continue to ICDC. Haley Sisel double qualified by placing third in Hotel and Lodging. Gunnar Millot took first in his event, Professional Selling. Max Holperin will also be advancing to International competition by taking fourth place in Personal Financial Literacy. Jonus Sabani and Mason Hageny went to DECA State and are also eligible to go to ICDC for an Emerging Leaders Conference.
Several other students were recognized on stage for their performances in tests and role plays. Lauren Rosendahl, Elliot Fehlen, Faith Bartelt, Andy Padgett, Alec Lowry, Robert Ritchie, Tina Kansariwala, and Max Holperin were all recognized for outstanding work.