Tabor students excel in 2024 State DECA Competition

DECA state competition Tabor competitors

Ten Tabor students finished first individually or in a team at the 2024 State DECA Competition on Friday, Feb. 23. This year’s event brought 85 students from seven colleges and universities across Kansas.

  • Tabor College
  • Cowley College
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Kansas Wesleyan University
  • Southwestern College
  • University of Kansas
  • Wichita State University

Under the leadership of Melinda Rangel, Ed.D., Marvin Sellberg Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship, Tabor’s DECA program has blossomed, producing numerous national qualifiers and also national champions.

“I was incredibly proud of our students,” Rangel said. “They worked hard to prepare for state and represented themselves and Tabor College very well. DECA is a great opportunity to showcase all the business concentrations we offer. Every business major from Accounting to Marketing can find an event to participate in and apply their classroom learning to their DECA experience.”

The International Career Development Conference will be held April 20-23 in Austin, Texas. National qualifiers have yet to be named.

Advertising CampaignLucca Rodrigues, Andre Trigo, Alejandro Honrado1st
Ali House, Raegan King, Avery Filmore3rd
Business ResearchJarien Allen, Braydon Patterson, Christian Tuiasosopo2nd
Digital Marketing StrategiesAbe Friesen, Alejandro Honrado2nd
Entertainment MarketingAngela Castillo, Barry Ma3rd
Growing a Business
Jean Paul Fort, Nathaniel Heilig1st
Starting a Business
Alia Hirschi, Mallorie Pearson, Sam Claassen1st
Gracie Kidd, Laura Savage2nd
Abe Friesen, Clemente Iturrate3rd
Entrepreneurship OperationsJames Aboaba1st
Clemente Iturrate3rd
Event Planning Alia Hirschi, Mallorie Pearson3rd
Financial Accounting Addyson Mason3rd
Professional SalesAlejandro Honrado1st
Retail ManagementAbe Friesen1st
Sports Marketing Andre Trigo, Lucca Rodrigues3rd
Travel & TourismAli House 3rd