Director, Public Information

Vol. 44, No. 37

May 12, 2010

Outstanding Marketing Students Earn “Top 10”
Honors in International Competition

Outstanding high school and college marketing students from across Missouri competed and excelled at the International DECA and Delta Epsilon Chi Career Development Conferences held last month in Louisville, Ky.



The following Missouri DECA members received “Top 10” honors in their respective competitive events at the international conference (April 24-27), with seven achieving first place. 

  • Maria DiPaola, Lindbergh High School

Food Marketing Series, 1st Place 

  • Joseph Salazar, Blue Springs South High School

Hotel and Lodging Management Series, Top 10 

  • Noah Green and Kathrina Kanjiranthinkal, St. Joseph-Central High School

Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making, Top 10 

  • Damian Chavez and Timothy Kiger, Pleasant Hill High School

Hospitality Services Team Decision Making, 1st Place 

  • Adam Thompson and Mark Powell, Francis Howell High School

Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making, Top 10                                                 

  • Rebecca Foley and Rebecca Rejnin, Lee’s Summit High School

Creative Marketing Project, Top 10 

  • Trenton Perry, Clinton Technical School

Entrepreneurship Participating–Creating an Independent Business, Top 10 

  • Mengli Wang, Warrensburg Area Career Center

Entrepreneurship Participating–Creating an Independent Business, Top 10 

  • Zach Beattie, Savannah High School

Technical Sales, 1st Place 

  • Tyler Dobson, Joshua Newman and William Wolfe, Nevada Regional Tech Center

Virtual Business Challenge–Sports, 1st Place

National DECA Scholarships

Missouri DECA members also received scholarships from DECA’s corporate partners at the International Career Development Conference: 

  • Zach Beattie, Savannah High School

Bob Foehlinger Memorial — $1,000 

  • Lauren Bragg, Fort Zumwalt North High School
    Finish Line Scholarship — $1,000 

  • Mehmed Esmerovic, Hancock High School
    Finish Line Scholarship — $1,000 

  • Thu Nguyen, Francis Howell North High School
    TJ Maxx Scholarship — $1,000

MDA National Fundraising Recognition

The Muscular Dystrophy Association honored three Missouri schools for their national fundraising efforts:

  • Rolla Technical Institute

1st Place National Fundraising Chapter

  • Waynesville High School

2nd Place National Fundraising Chapter 

  • Camdenton High School

Tie for 3rd Place, National Fundraising Chapter

Delta Epsilon Chi

Competing against more than 1,200 of their peers from across the country, 16 collegiate-level students (Delta Epsilon Chi) also achieved “Top 10” finishes in the organization’s competitive events program, held April 17-20. 

  • Curtis Hartley and Jeff Tackett

University of Central Missouri

Business Law, 3rd Place

  • Josh Johnson, Matthew Kamp and David Oster

University of Missouri

Entrepreneurship Challenge, 1st Place ($5,000 prize) 

  • Lou Tzerov

University of Missouri

Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, 2nd place 

  • Wayne Boykin

Columbia College

National Management Institute, 3rd place

  • Katie Gonzales and Markayla Jackson

University of Missouri

Business Ethics, Top 10

  • Kristi Berney and Demetri Chase

Lincoln University

Business Ethics, Top 10 

  • Tim Noce and Josh Johnson

University of Missouri

Business Law, Top 10 

  • Stephen Myers

University of Central Missouri

Hospitality, Top 10

  • Amber Vieth

William Woods University

Web Site Design, Top 10

  • Tranh Nguyen

Columbia College

Web Site Design, Top 10

DECA and Delta Epsilon Chi’s internationally recognized program of competitive events uses interviews, tests, role-playing and written project reports to evaluate marketing, management and entrepreneurship skills identified by business and industry leaders as being essential for success in today’s workforce.

“We are very proud of the accomplishments of all our business and marketing students but especially of these students who achieved top awards at the recent conferences,” said Leslie Kerns, director of Business, Marketing Education and Information Technology for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Their successes reflect their outstanding classroom instruction, work-based experiences and participation in DECA and Delta Epsilon Chi.”

DECA is an international association of high school students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service. Missouri DECA is the fifth largest state association in the nation and serves more than 8,500 students throughout the state.

Delta Epsilon Chi is the college division of DECA and serves 275 students throughout Missouri. The organization adopted a new name, “Collegiate DECA,” during its recent international conference.