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Another record-breaking state competition just concluded for DECA, as 46 students qualified for the national competition to be held in April.
Adviser Mark Hartman said, “I attribute our chapter’s size and success to the diverse nature of its membership and to the underlying belief that DECA provides its members with incredible skills that enhance both personal and professional success.” The Montana DECA Career Development Conference, held at Fairmont Hot Springs, hosted hundreds of students from across the state to test their skills in various competency-based competitive events in specific marketing, finance, hospitality, and management professions.
Tying the previous Montana DECA record set by Sentinel DECA in 2015, this year 46 of the 111 Sentinel members who attended the event qualified for the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia by placing either first or second (and, in some events, third) in their respective events.
Fourteen members qualified in more than one event, with four members qualifying in three events.
DECA President and senior manager of strategic planning Jake Treece said, “This year’s state DECA was one of the best and most successful. Every year I am astonished by Hartman’s hard work. He cares so much for the chapter and is the most diligent person I know. It takes a lot to be willing to take 120 students to a state competition because it takes thousands of hours to plan.”
Treece, who qualified in three events for nationals, was also honored by receiving a $1000 DECA scholarship to the University of Montana, as well as the DECA Diamond Award.
Senior Caden Messer earned Sentinel’s top score on the Marketing Cluster Exam. Qualifying members will spend the next month fund raising for the trip to nationals, which will cost students an estimated $1700. They also have time to revise their competition pieces.
Senior Marina Gray, who qualified in three events, will compete in Independent Business Plan with Senior Emma Skousen. “We will spend time fund raising money to help pay for the trip. We plan to use judges’ comments to edit or business plan,” Gray said. “As a team we are going to edit our written event more and fix our financial data.”