DECA dominated the state competition last month, as 45 students qualified to attend the National DECA Conference in California this April.
Sentinel DECA, the team with the largest membership in the state, is used to sweeping the competition, and this year was no different. However, the goal of the 119 members who attended the state convention in Great Falls was not simply to make it to nationals, but also to win the school spirit award.
Chapter president Junior Jake Treece said, “Overall it was great. Not only did we get 45 people to Nationals, we took the spirit award, too.”
The spirit award was something to be proud of but once the real competitions came Sentinel got down to business, qualifying 14 members in more than one event, with three members qualifying in three events, and three members qualifying in four events (a first in Montana DECA history). Senior Nathan Wildeboer also earned Montana’s top score on the Marketing Cluster Exam.
“I’m so excited. I have never been there and it’s going to be fun to compete and spend more time with my chapter,” Treece said.
At the state convention, several hundred students competed in competency-based competitive events in specific marketing, finance, hospitality, and management professions.