Written by Dana Krems
UW-Whitewater is proud to share that the UW-Whitewater Collegiate DECA chapter returned from the Midwest Case Study Competition held on March 5 – 7 in Delavan, Wis., with a record 150 individual and team awards—including the DECA Diamond Award for Chapter of the Year.
Forty-eight students—the highest number of delegates the chapter has ever achieved—represented the university at the state conference. The team’s honors included first-place awards in four events, second-place awards in nine events, and third-place awards in eight events. In addition to earning the DECA Diamond Award, the team also brought home a first-place award in the Civic Consciousness category and a Membership Award recognizing the largest membership in the state.
UW-Whitewater students also earned the top two honors in the state Student of the Year awards. Dylan Otwell, senior information technology management major, earned first place, and Emily Hayden, senior marketing major, earned second place.
Based on their exceptional performances, all 48 students were qualified to advance to the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in April. Ten years ago, when the UW-Whitewater chapter first started in 2009 – 2010, just six students advanced to ICDC.
Chapter advisor Frank Lanko shared, "This year’s student performance was truly historic. Not only did the chapter bring a record-tying 48 students to the conference, but the level of competition was greatly increased because this year’s event had almost twice as many competitors as last year. To see all of our students qualify in their events — some in multiple events — against talented Collegiate DECA students from across Wisconsin and Iowa, really speaks to the time and effort put into preparation by our students under the leadership of our talented and dedicated executive board."
The International Career Development Conference event has been canceled along with most other large events and conferences. With this sudden end to their collegiate DECA competitive careers, we want to share the extensive list of senior awards below.
Student of the Year
Emerging Technology - Marketing Strategies
Financial Statement Analysis
Hotel and Lodging
Human Resource Management
Sales Management Meeting
Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Travel and Tourism