OSAGE | Members of the Osage High School business club, DECA, competed at the state competition Feb. 25-26 at Southeast Polk High School and Embassy Suites in Des Moines.
A total of 25 students competed at the two-day event, with 11 placing at the contest and seven qualifying for the International Competition being held April 21-24 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Those students participating were Kaitlyn Baer, Elijah Bluhm, Jonah Bluhm, Hailey Carlson, Olivia Dodd, Hailey Gentz, Gracie Halbach, Katelyn Halbach, Rhett Ham, Gillian Johanns, Corin Johanns, Thor Maakestad, Anna Miller, Katelynn Mostek, Makayla Mostek, Erica Nasstrom, Matthew Olson, Samantha Scharper, Brooke Scharper, Andrew Schneider, Nicolas Shoars, Noah Sletten, Wesley Smith, Alex Swenson and Zachary Williams
Champions advancing on to Atlanta were Olivia Dodd (Start Up Business Plan), Kate Mostek (Marketing Communications) and Makayla Mostek (Principals of Marketing).
Those receiving seconnd Place advancing on to Atlanta were Gillian Johanns (Accounting Applications), Olivia Dodd (Hotel and Lodging Management) and Alex Swenson and Wesley Smith (Business Law).
Those given Honorable Mentions were Erica Naastrom (Principals of Business Management and Administration), Anna Miller (Personal FInancial Literacy), Sammi Scharper (Hotel Lodging Management) and Brooke Scharper (Principals of Hospitality and Tourism).
Sammi Scharper and Olivia Dodd were also elected to the DECA state officer team for 2018-2019. Only six students are eleted state officers are elected. This is a big honor for these two students and the Osage DECA program.
The students are coached by Mike Henson and Kelley Molitor.
DECA is a club helping students experience business with real-life experiences through competition. High school students who have completed at least one high school business class are able to participate in the club.