NDSCS Business Students compete in International DECA Competition


Seven North Dakota State College of Science Business Administration and Management students recently wrapped up competition at the 54th Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla.

NDSCS’s Kyle Armitage competed in the Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Business event and was declared the overall 2nd place finisher. The event required him to develop a proposal to start a business. As the entrepreneur seeking start-up capital, Armitage presented his proposal to judges who were acting as potential investors or financial institution representatives. He is the seventh NDSCS Collegiate DECA member to earn an overall 1st, 2nd or 3rd place at the international level of competition since 1999.

Other NDSCS students attending this year competed in either business simulations or were required to present case study analysis and direction for judges. They included: Dana Anderson, Sara Holcomb, Michael Jirak, Justin Lupkes, Shelby Moe and Katelyn Pueppke.

Approximately 2,000 students from both two and four-year colleges and universities from across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and for the first time, China, competed in this event.     

Collegiate DECA at NDSCS is a student-centered organization whose program of leadership and personal development is designed specifically for students enrolled in business administration and management related programs. NDSCS Collegiate DECA also prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Nationwide, Collegiate DECA includes over 15,000 members at 275 colleges and universities.

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