Oakland DECA team qualifies for international competition

Oakland DECA team qualifies for international competition

Deca team
The Oakland University DECA team brought home 12 plaques and 20 medals at the state competition.

Great preparation paid off for the members of Oakland’s DECA team who competed at the Collegiate DECA state competition last month. The Oakland University team brought home 12 plaques and 20 medals. Twelve members qualified to continue on to the international competition in Anaheim, California, in April.

The team is now working to raise enough money to send all 12 of its qualifying students to the international competition through various fundraisers. Make a tax-deductible contribution to help the team pay travel and conference fees here. Or, show this flier when you eat at the Rochester Hills Chipotle between 5-9 p.m. on March 29 and DECA will receive 50% of the proceeds.

At the Grand Rapids competition, the OU DECA team faced off against the best business students from universities such as Central Michigan, Davenport, Delta, Kettering, Northwood, Michigan, Michigan State Universities and others.

At the competition, the team divides into sub team by categories. Each sub team receives a case study specific to its category. From there, the team members have an hour to plan and practice a 15-minute business presentation which they present to a panel of judges.

For example, Austen Pratt, marketing major and OU DECA president, and Stephanie Pini, marketing major and OU DECA vice president, competed as a team in the event planning category. Their case challenged them to plan an event for a company. The pair had to pick a theme, come up with a budget, and ensure the company that the event would go smoothly. “It's a lot of thinking on your feet,” says Pratt.

It’s that kind of fast-thinking that paid off for the DECA team.

The following teams took first place in its categories:
Anthony Piazza in marketing management
Dave Bork in travel and tourism
Erika Barker and Jahnavi Gudi in international marketing

Second place awards went to:
Anthony Piazza in fashion merchandising
Austen Pratt and Stephanie Pini in event planning
Rianna Goetting in food service management

Third place awards included:
Amanda Abi-Samra and Rianna Goetting in sports and entertainment
Niko Roukounakis and Randy Grosser in financial statement analysis
Sara Jungwirth in fashion merchandising

Kevin Law placed in the top eight in the marketing management category.

In addition to case competitions, DECA provides business students with the opportunity to network with professionals in their field, get real world business experience and have fun. For more information about the Oakland University Chapter of DECA visit https://orgsync.com/80859/chapter.