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Gering DECA students return from state conference
March 26, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Courtesy photo - Gering’s DECA students did well at the state conference in Lincoln last week. Among the winners that will compete at the national conference this April are from left, Adrian Silva, Allison Baird, Allie Boggs, Jacey Shaul, Kyle Upp, Jon Hastings, Davis Eskam, Nicolette Cook, Rebecca Brenner, Shelby Cripps, and Jordan Burgener. Not pictured are McKenna Copsey and Megan Copsey.

Last weekend, 29 Gering students involved in DECA were in Lincoln for the state Career Development Conference to demonstrate their marketing skills. And they performed well.

“The students exceeded my expectations as they have done each year,” said sponsor Broc Brown. “The Gering DECA chapter has high quality, dedicated students and they do well in statewide competition.”

Almost 70 years old, DECA is an association of marketing students. Its affiliated chapters in both high schools and colleges nationwide prepare students to become business leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

At Lincoln, Gering DECA students completed a comprehensive exam and competed in two business related role playing activities where they applied their marketing knowledge to real world scenarios.

Some students also competed on marketing research projects, where they complete a professional research paper for a local business. Along the way, they develop their own business ideas or document a chapter related activity. This year, Gering had eight research projects at the state conference.

“There are no classes in DECA,” Brown said. “All schools compete against each other regardless of size or courses offered. When Gering kids do well, it really says a lot about our school system and our students.”

National Qualifiers are Adrian Silva, Rebecca Brenner, Kyle Upp, Jon Hastings, Jacey Shaul, Allie Boggs, Allie Barid, Nicolette Cook.
Top 8 presenters were Shelby Cripps, McKenna Copsey, Megan Copsey, Davis Eskam and Jordan Burgener.

The DECA International Career Development Conference will be held in Orlando, Fla. on April 24 – 29. The cost to attend national conference in Orlando is about $1,000 per student or $8,000.00 total. Support from the community in the form of donations are needed to help offset some of these costs for the students. Contact Broc Brown at (308) 436-3125 if you’d like to help.
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