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Lindenwood students find success at DECA competition

Lindenwood University DECA members [front row, from left] Sydney Schader, Bella Rainey and Hanna Smith; [back row] Carli Gogol, Laetita Saenen, Emma Rogers and Craig Felzien, staff advisor/director of the Duree Center for Entrepreneurship. [Source: Lindenwood University]

The Collegiate DECA team at Lindenwood University recently competed in the Missouri DECA state competition at Lodge of Four Seasons. 

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Collegiate DECA is a student-driven organization that values competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork. Its competitive events program encompasses more than 20 career areas. Top winners earn the privilege to represent Missouri at the International Career Development Conference [ICDC] in Atlanta, Georgia, April 22-25. 

Bella Rainey and Hanna Smith competed against 14 teams statewide, and qualified in the ad campaign category with a paper to rebrand LouFest as “Fusion Festival.” Rainey and Smith are Hammond Institute [hammondinstitute.org] student fellows and are now eligible to compete at the ICDC.

Additionally, the following Lindenwood DECA members achieved first- and second-place finishes at the Missouri competition:

• Laetita Saenen, first-place winner in travel and tourism.

• Bella Rainey, first-place winner in fashion and merchandising.

• Carli Gogol, second-place winner in the categories of retail management and marketing management.

• Sydney Schader and Laetita Saenen, second-place team winners in marketing communications.

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