Southeast Marketing Students Excel in State DECA Competition


DECA 2016LAKE OZARK, Missouri, March 3, 2016 — Southeast Missouri State University Collegiate DECA students won high honors in the 2016 Collegiate DECA State Career Development Conference and Competition Feb. 25-26 in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Among them were Nibesh Amatya of Bhaktapur, Nepal; Jared Banning of Salem, Illinois; Omar Dawood of Dhaka, Bangladesh; Harman Malhi of New Delhi, India; Samantha Rupp of Florissant, Missouri; and Julia Van De Sandt of Goch, Germany.

Amatya won first place in the Banking and Financial Services case competition and second place in the Accounting case competition.  Rupp won second place in the Fashion Merchandising case study. Banning won second place in the Banking and Financial Services Case competition and fifthplace in Accounting.  Also, Dawood and Malhi won third place in the Entrepreneurship, Starting a Business competition, while Malhi also won fourth place in the Accounting case competition.  Van De Sandt won second place in the Travel and Tourism case competition.

In addition, several of the Southeast Collegiate DECA competitors were proficiency winners in their events, for superior performance in their case studies and marketing exam.

This year’s proficiency winners include: Banning, Accounting and Banking and Financial Services; Lydia Corneal of Herscher, Illinois, Human Resource Management; Dawood, Entrepreneurship and Marketing Management; Cameron Horn of Warrensburg, Missouri, Marketing Management and Sports and Entertainment Marketing; Collin Kloeppel of Union, Missouri, Human Resource Management; Malhi, Accounting and Entrepreneurship; Amatya, Accounting and Banking and Financial Services; Rupp, Event Planning and Fashion Merchandising; Evan Schmidt of Dupo, Illinois, Sports and Entertainment Marketing; and Van De Sandt, Event Planning and Travel and Tourism.

As part of its commitment to experiential learning, the Department of Management and Marketing in the Harrison College of Business has sponsored Collegiate DECA for several years, and each year sends numerous participants to the state and international competitions. In the Spring 2016 semester, membership has remained steady with just over 30 members, once again making the Southeast Collegiate DECA chapter among the largest in Missouri.