DSU DECA students qualify for international competition

ST. GEORGE – Thirty-two of the top “academic athletes” from Dixie State University competed against some the best business students throughout Utah at the annual DECA conference held this month at Weber State University in Ogden.

In all, over 100 students representing six colleges and universities throughout the state went head-to-head to test their knowledge and presentation skills in various business categories over the two-day event.

Of the 32 DSU students that competed at the DECA conference, 31 qualified to attend the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference next month in Washington, D.C.

“We had more first-year DECA students than ever before so there was some anxiety heading into competition; however, this is our strongest year of veteran leadership organized by our DECA president Jared Broad,” Bryon Geddes, DSU marketing professor and DECA co-advisor, said. “The anxiety left the moment our students walked on the campus at Weber State, and I saw the concentration and academic focus in their eyes. These are special students driven to be excellent.”

Dixie State University DECA Awards, March 2014 | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University
Dixie State University DECA Awards, March 2014 | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University

Among the top finishers were:

  • senior April Jones from St. George won first place in accounting
  • senior Shaun Russon from Fairview won first place in banking financial services
  • senior Jaden Cox with partner and graduate student Karman Wilson, both from St. George, won two first-place awards, in business research and international marketing
  • junior Clint Post from Hurricane and April Jones from St. George together won first place in business to business marketing
  • seniors Ryan Burrows from Salt Lake City, Broc Hafen and Mitchell Hancock both from St. George, took first place in entrepreneurship, that is, starting a business
  • junior Dantzel Butler from Brazil took first place honors in fashion merchandising and marketing
  • senior Nathaniel Kreitzer of Washington and junior Amber Nau of Washington won in financial statement analysis
  • junior Clint Post of Hurricane with April Jones from St. George won first place in business-to-business marketing
  • junior Lex Skeen from Plain City won first-place honors in marketing management
  • senior Mitchell Hancock from St. George won first place in sales management meeting

The focus and attention each student gave to their respective competitive areas was impressive,” said Dr. Philip Lee, Dean of the DSU Udvar-Hazy School of Business and a 35-year veteran advisor of the school’s DECA program. “This is an impressive group of 31 qualifiers from DSU for sure.”

The following students qualified to represent DSU in the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Washington, D.C., April 24-26 are:

Jaden Banasynski Nick Barnum Garrett Baxter Patrick Boyle
Jared Broad Bryan Burrows Ryan Burrows Dantzel Butler
Jaden Cox Sacha Davis Breck Greenwall Broc Hafen
Mitchell Hancock McKayden Howard April Jones Braden Klafke
Nathaniel Kreitzer Travis LaGrone Amber Nau Andrew Nielson
Chase Parker Clint Post Kami Rice Jacob Rix
Shaun Russon Lex Skeen Zachary Stucki Braden Tobler
Felicia White Karman Wilson Hilary Wotring

For more information about Dixie State’s DECA program, please contact Marketing Professor Bryon Geddes at telephone 435-879-4339 or by email [email protected].

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