oconnel top 10 at deca

Mayville State students and advisers who attended the International Career Development Conference April 14-17 were, front from left, Abby Kohls, Jackie White, Josh Erfle, Jayden Miller and Jamison Mozey. Back rows: Rob Johnston, adviser; Cole Dukart, Dustin Olson, adviser; Kianna Johnson, Jace Pederson, Hannah Lundwall, Brendon Salander, Jacob Niemann, Ben Johnson, Josh Stoltman, Creighton Pfau, Jesse O’Connell, Marcus Wohl, Ben Myszkowski, Donna Gutschmidt, adviser and Jaclyn Rindy.

Jesse O'Connell, Sidney, was a top 10 finalist in the International Marketing category at the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida, last week. O'Connell is a student at Mayville State University in Mayville, North Dakota.

The annual conference provides the opportunity for students to compete against others from all over the world in business-specific events. MSU students had to qualify for the Orlando conference at the state competition held in Fargo, North Dakota, this past February.

The MSU team received a chapter leadership award and 20 total DECA members received individual leadership recognition on the stage at the Orlando Hilton ballroom during the Leadership Passport Awards ceremony. The Leadership Passport rewards action taken by members and chapters who build professional skill sets focused around the organization’s four attributes and values: competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork.

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