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OSAGE | Members of the Osage High School business club, DECA, were to compete at the state competition Feb. 24 at Southeast Polk High School and Embassy Suites in Des Moines. However, due to inclement weather, students had to video tape their presentations and submit them for review.

A total of 19 students competed with 10 placing at the state contest, with six qualifying for the International Competition being held April 27-30 in Orlando, Florida.

Champions advancing on to Orlando were Kate Mostek, Marketing Communications, and Makayla Mostek, Retail Merchandising.

Those receiving second place advancing on to Orlando were Sammi Scharper, Restaurant and Food Service Management; Alex Swenson and Wesley Smith, Business Law and Ethics Team, and Ainsley Dodd, Principles of Hospitality

Those given Honorable Mentions were Erica Nasstrom, Business Services Marketing, Olivia Dodd, Hotel and Lodging Management, Logan Martin, Hotel and Lodging Management, and Kaitlyn Baer, Human Resource Management.

Erica Nasstrom (Vice President of Hospitality) and Makayla Mostek (Vice President of Marketing) were also elected to the DECA state officer team for 2019-2020. Only six students are elected state officers are elected. This is a big honor for these two students and the Osage DECA program.

Those attending state but not advancing to the international competition were Ben Miller, Luke Scharper, Mitchell Christensen, Matthew Olson, Nicolas Shoars, Elijah Bluhm, Lauren Swenson, Ryan Detmering and Mary Ann Fox.

The students are coached by Mike Henson and Lisa Brandau.

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.

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