MSU students win at DECA conference

Members of the Minot State University DECA Club won first place in six categories at the North Dakota State Conference in Fargo, Feb. 11-12. Altogether MSU placed in 12 categories with 13 students qualifying for the international conference later this year, according to a press release.

The final results were as follows: Nick Trumbauer, first place in Accounting; Jordan Busch, fourth place in Banking and Financial Services; Aaron Richard, first place, Brenda Parks, fourth place, and Haokun Yang, sixth place in Fashion Merchandising; Asia Pleasant, sixth place in Human Resource Management; Paula Cabatingnan, fourth place in Marketing; Barbara Marques, second place in Restaurant and Food Service; Levy Cabatingnan and Paula Cabatingnan, first place in Emerging Technologies Marketing Strategies; Aaron Richard, first place in Professional Sales; Brenda Parks and Kaitlin Fredrich, second place in Business to Business Marketing; Marina Carrillo and Tracey Slama, fourth place in Business Ethics; Edel Mae Alvarez and Jordan Busch, first place in Financial Statement Analysis; Levy Cabatingnan and Paula Cabatingnan, first place, and Barbara Marques and Aaron Richard, second place in International Marketing.

“I worked hard this semester to prepare for the state competition, so it was rewarding to know that my hard work paid off,” Richard said in the press release. “It was impressive to see how many students were recognized from Minot State University as it just goes to show how competitive our business programs are in the state.”

Paula Cabatingnan, who had two top finishes in team events with her brother Levy, is an international student who changed her major from nursing to marketing and international business.

“Winning in DECA has just been a reassurance that I’m doing well in my chosen field and that I chose the right university to earn my undergraduate degree in business,” Cabatingnan said in the press release. “It also means that the lessons I’ve been learning in classes really do pay off in real world scenarios.”

All 13 MSU students that qualified in their categories will travel to the international conference in Washington D.C., April 11-14.