Delta students place at DECA international competition

By Jessica Sierocki, co-editor-in-chief.

ARLINGTON, VA – Members from Delta College’s DECA traveled to Arlington, Virginia to compete against students from around the globe at the International Career Development Conference. Students Nicole Horn, Jonas Morey and Brock DeLisle represented Delta by placing in their event categories Saturday, April 14.

DECA is a business club that gives students the opportunity to compete in events against other students from surrounding universities. Lori Ziolkowski, associate professor of management, is the DECA adviser. She says that she is very proud of her students.

“One of the best things about being the adviser is watching our students succeed in a highly competitive atmosphere. We had three students finish in the top 12 or better this year, which is the most finalists Delta College has ever had. I’m so proud of them for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet the requirements of the club, which include completing community service projects, fundraising and preparing for competition,” says Ziolkowski.

Horn and Morey competed as partners in Marketing Communications, earning top 10 in the competition. Both Horn and Morey were excited with their recognition and the ability to represent Delta College at an international level.

“Qualifying as a top-10 recipient feels extremely rewarding and enriching. I was proud to have had the opportunity to represent Delta College and stand on stage with my partner among some of the best business students in the nation,” says Horn.

This is the third year Horn has been a member of DECA but the first that she has competed at the collegiate level. Horn enjoys competing in DECA competitions because it helps her prepare for future endeavors in the business world.

Morey has been involved with DECA for two years and enjoys the idea of being challenged by going up against other students in their event category.

“It was amazing going to internationals and getting to enjoy Washington, D.C. as it is, but competing for an actual world championship is pretty special” says Morey.

After a surprise change in competition events, DeLisle pulled a first place win at the statewide competition in Banking Financial Services. He went to the ICDC feeling confident with his knowledge and skills and earned top 12 at the competition.

“I knew that there were a lot of qualified competitors there, and just to hear my name called was pretty exciting,” says DeLisle.

The ICDC was the last event for DECA members this school year, though the club is open to new members this upcoming fall. Ziolkowski encourages students to join and get the chance to compete.

“Joining Collegiate DECA is a great way to meet fellow students who have similar interests and majors. It’s a great way to be involved on campus, make new friends and do some good in the community,” says Ziolkowski.

To become a member, there is a $30 annual due. The first meeting of the fall semester will take place in October 2018. Students interested in joining can contact Ziolkowski at [email protected]

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