20 Tabor students compete at State DECA Competition

State DECA Competition 2023

Seven of Tabor’s 20 competitors finished first individually or in a team at the 2023 State DECA Competition. The annual event, featuring 83 competitors and six colleges and universities, was held on campus Friday, Feb. 24, in the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts.

Participating schools included: Cowley College, Fort Hays State, Kansas Wesleyan, Tabor College, University of Kansas, and Wichita State University.

“I was very happy with our business students,” said Melinda Rangel, Ed.D., associate professor of business administration and M.B.A. director. “They represented themselves and Tabor College professionally and with great character. The competition was the hardest in the four years we have hosted the event.”

The International Career Development Conference will be held April 15-18 in Orlando, Fla. National qualifiers have not been named.

Emma WillisMarketing Management1st
Natalie FordHuman Resource Management1st
Natalie FordTravel & Tourism1st
Emma Willis & David MossEntrepreneurship–
Starting A Business
Emma Willis & David MossBusiness-to-Business Marketing1st
Jordan Bolden, Martavian Jackson, Ryan StadeBusiness Research1st
Jordan BoldenRestaurant & Food Service2nd
Alejandro Honrado SalasRetail Management2nd
Alejandro Honrado SalasSales Management Meeting2nd
Sasha WasingerManagerial Accounting2nd
Sasha WasingerCorporate Finance2nd
Katarina Kaikkonen, Sasha Wasinger, Sara YutzyAdvertising Campaign2nd
Sarah Brunk, Alejandro Honrado SalasEntrepreneurship–
Starting a Business
Braizejanae BarnesRetail Management3rd
Jesus RondonCorporate Finance3rd
Sara YutzyTravel & Tourism3rd
Alia Hirschi, Mallorie PearsonEntrepreneurship–
Starting a Business

“DECA prepares students in ways that are hard to simulate in the classroom,” Rangel said. “Students practice public speaking, critical thinking, and networking. They apply the business principles they learn in the classroom to real-world settings.”