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Case High School Wins Big at State DECA Competition


The Racine Case DECA Chapter recently finished competing at the 2019 Wisconsin DECA State Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva, WI. DECA (an association of marketing/business education students) prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Eighteen students from J.I. Case High School competed at the Grand Geneva Resort from March 3rd through March 6th. The Racine Case Chapter did extremely well!

Students competed in business role-play situations with business professionals serving as judges. Students selected from a variety of career segments from Business Finance Services to Hotel and Lodging Management. They also competed with written projects for events they worked on throughout the year and then completed a presentation process at the State Conference.

Congratulations to the following students who medaled in their events:

  • Anika Klein, grade 9, Principles of Marketing
  • Christopher Jackson, grade 10, Principles of Business Management and Administration
  • William Arnold, grade 10, Principles of Finance
  • Alfredo Sandoval-Luis, grade 10, Principles of Marketing
  • Peter O’Brien, grade 11, Business Finance
  • Lauren Waiss, grade 11, Business Services Marketing

The following students were an overall series finalist and will be moving onto the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, FL at the end of April!

  • Alyson Kolaske, grade 9, Financial Consulting Professional Selling;
  • Kyle Waiss, grade 10, Principles of Finance, 6th Place; School-Based Enterprise, 3rd Place
  • Lauren Waiss, grade 11, Professional Selling; 2nd Place
  • Peter O’Brien, grade 11, Financial Consulting Professional Selling, 6th Place
  • Madeline Vogt, grade 11, Hospitality Tourism Professional Selling, 3rd Place
  • Alyson Buchholz, grade 12, Integrated Marketing Campaign-Service, 6th Place
  • Jani Jackson, grade 12, School-Based Enterprise, 3rd Place

Racine Case DECA was recognized for participating in the 2018-2019 Wisconsin DECA Community Service Campaign and completing the following initiatives: Acts of Kindness, General Contributions to Charity, 100 Hours of Community Service, Contributions to MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association,) Trick or Can Food Drive. Racine Case DECA has displayed exemplary commitment to community services, chapter activities with the school, alumni, and professionals. Undoubtedly, making a positive impact on the Racine Community.

Keith Wartzenluft, Case High School’s marketing education teacher and a Racine Case Chapter Advisor, was elected to the Wisconsin DECA Board. The Wisconsin DECA Board governs the operations, policies, procedures and activities of this Career and Technical Student organization.­­­ DECA is a local, state and international organization and Wisconsin DECA has approximately 11,000 members. Students in DECA build skills through competitions, conferences and business mentoring. DECA is an integral component of the high school marketing education program which includes classroom and work-based learning. Wisconsin DECA has mentored students for over 50 years.