Inver Students Shine at DECA CDC

Eight top three finishers in seven competitions

DECA students at Inver Hills Community College performed extremely well during highly competitive events at the Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference (CDC) held March 19–21, 2017, at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency. Thirteen Inver students competed against more than 250 other college and university students in a number of events in business-related career clusters.
“Students from four-year universities comprised approximately 50 percent of the competitors,” said Anthony Copa, Inver Hills accounting faculty and DECA faculty advisor. “Our students claimed significant hardware by earning first place finishes in three events, second place in one event and third place in three.”

Inver DECA top finishers

  • Maayuk Eta and Adrienne Birkeland • 1st Place • Event Planning
  • Keegan Wolf and Adrienne Birkeland • 1st Place • Collaborative Challenge
  • Michael Kulhanek and Loren Bushyhead • 1st Place • International Marketing
  • Loren Bushyhead and Maayuk Eta • 2nd Place • Business-to-Business Marketing
  • Dillon Dale and Alyssa Hayden • 3rd Place • Event Planning
  • Alyssa Hayden • 3rd Place • Hotel and Lodging
  • Jackie Collins • 3rd Place • Collaborative Challenge

Inver students Britta Neumann, Joshua Sun, Nathawadee Yang, Winfrida Nyange and Christabel Okoh also competed at the CDC.

Inver DECA at CDC gallery

“This was truly an impressive performance by our students,” Anthony said. “In addition to the competitive performances, one of the things that impressed me most was the selflessness of our chapter president, Maayuk Eta. Adrienne Birkeland’s partner for Event Planning was unable to participate at the last minute. Maayuk offered to partner with Adrienne and give up the event she had been preparing for. Amazingly—they won!”
Maayuk Eta The DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) was held in Anaheim, California, April 19–22, 2017. More than 1,500 students competed, representing six countries, two protectorates, Washington, D.C., and nearly all 50 states.
“Each competitive event had between twenty and fifty student competitors with approximately 80 percent from four-year universities,” Anthony reported. “Congratulations to Michael Kulhanek and Loren Bushyhead, who were finalists in the International Business event, placing in the top ten. They were the only representatives from Minnesota who ranked as finalists in this event. We have some very talented students representing Inver Hills in these competitions.”

To find out more about Inver DECA student performances at previous CDC and ICDC competitions, read the following articles on Inver Hills News:

More about DECA…

DECA, which stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an international business club that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in business through educational and personal development seminars and activities as well as state and international competitions.
DECA has touched the lives of more than 10 million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded more than 60 years ago in 1946. Strong student connections with the organization have resonated into a brand that people identify as a remarkable preparatory experience for future entrepreneurs and business leaders. DECA programs and activities have constantly evolved through the application of the latest technology and cutting-edge educational research. DECA’s core focus has remained consistent and is captured in the organizational mission.
— Courtesy of Minnesota DECA

To learn more about DECA at Inver Hills, contact:

Anthony Copa
Accounting Faculty
DECA Faculty Advisor

To learn more about Business programs at Inver Hills, contact:

Hamid Kazeroony
Business Faculty
Admissions Team
College Center

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