Janesville DECA students participate in national event

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Gazette staff
Thursday, May 15, 2014

JANESVILLE—Parker High School students Will Theisen and Sam Gulotta were national finalists in the finance operations research event at the 69th annual DECA International Career Development Conference from May 3-6 in Atlanta.

More than 15,000 DECA members, advisers, and business sponsors were on hand for this conference, including the Parker and Craig high school DECA Chapters, according to a written release.

In addition to Theisen and Gulotta, Grace Randles and Alyssa Valley, who participated in the business services research event, represented Parker DECA.

Matt VanRemortel and Real Boudreau, who participated in the sports and entertainment-marketing event, represented Craig's DECA chapter.

“The opportunity to compete at the national level was exciting,” Theisen said in the written release. “It is something I will never forget. It was great to meet and network with students from all over the world.”

DECA members tested their skills in different business and marketing competencies and shared their work and school experiences, according to the written statement.

The Janesville students who attended the conference participated in business role plays, interviews, market research presentations and written economics exams, according to the release.

“Attending the international DECA competition was a worthwhile experience for our students,” said Melissa Ellis, DECA adviser. “This experience allowed them a chance to gain national recognition in the business and marketing field while meeting business professionals and building upon their professional skills.”

Theisen and Gulotta are in the top one percent in the nation of business and marketing students due to their top 20 finish in the finance operations research event, according to the written release.

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