Gibraltar students competed at the Northeast Wisconsin District DECA Career Development Conference (CDC) on Jan. 5 at Bay Port High School. Each competitor took a 100-question, career-specific exam and participated in two role-play scenarios with judges from throughout northeast Wisconsin.
Juniors Connor Duffy and Brandon Stillman earned first place in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team event by medaling in their Marketing Cluster Exam, Selling Role Play and Human Resource Management Role Play.
Sophomore Jack Hitzeman earned second place in the Principles of Business Administration, medaling in the Business Administration exam, Ethics Role Play and Communications Role Play events.
Sophomore Jacob Anschutz will advance to the state competition in the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism Series, medaling in the Hospitality Exam, Entrepreneurship Role Play and Information Management Role Play.
Eight area businesspeople judged events at the conference: Mert Larsen, Teri Berndt, Jim Jordan, Caleb Frostman, Carl Witteborg, Destiny Brunette, Melinda Kroenig and Bob Loss. Berndt, Larsen, Jordan, and Susan and Rich Geils also mentored the students prior to the competitions.
The students’ adviser, Mary Witteborg, coordinated the practice sessions and mentored the competitors in preparation for their events. Students go on to compete at the State Career Development Conference in March, and state champions go on to compete at the International CDC in Orlando in April.