Forty-one students in the Hospitality, Retailing, and Entrepreneurship program at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center (WMCTC) competed at the DECA District 2 Competition at Ferris State University on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The conference hosted over 600 students who competed in various written and role play events. Overall, WMCTC students earned a total of four medals and two students earned an opportunity to compete at the State Career Development Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 13-15, 2015.
The individual student results are:
Jason Keith (Cadillac HS) – Advertising Campaign – Medal for high test score
Renee Vandercook (Manton HS) – Hospitality Services Team Decision Making –Medal for high test score
Maggie Kerr (NMC) – Entrepreneurship Participating – State Qualifier
Rachael Makowski (Bear Lake HS) – Quick Serve Restaurant Management – State Qualifier
Maggie Kerr competed in the Entrepreneurship Participating Event. The event required her to write a 7-11 page business plan for a business of her choice. She decided to write a plan for a business called “Little Sprouts Daycare,” which is a business she may decide to start after high school. Prior to the DECA competition, Maggie job shadowed at a local daycare provider and diligently researched for more information on running a daycare business. During the DECA completion, Maggie presented her business plan to the judges to convince them to invest in her business venture.
Rachael Makowski competed in the Quick Serve Restaurant Management event, which is an individual series event. As part of this event, Rachel had to take a 100 question multiple choice test as well as compete in a role play judged event. The role play event requires students to put themselves in various marketing or management situations within the Quick Serve Restaurant industry and utilize their critical and creative thinking skills quickly while meeting with the judges.
DECA is an international student organization that promotes student leadership in marketing, hospitality, entrepreneurship, as well as other business related industries.