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Schiller earns recognition at International DECA event

Maddy Schiller earned deca’s top honors as a top 16 overall finalist in the Sports & Entertainment Marketing event during the International Career Development Conference. Submitted Photo

Madalyn Schiller, Minnesota DECA member, earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s 67th annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., April 24-27, with more than 16,000 in attendance.  

Maddy, a junior at Detroit Lakes High School, is the current state vice president of special projects. She earned top honors as a top 16 overall finalist in the Sports & Entertainment Marketing event at the competition.

During the school year, approximately 120,000 of DECA’s 200,000 student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local and regional titles. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development.

The top state and provincial winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Anaheim. The DECA International Career Development Conference was the pinnacle of competition where nearly 10,000 students vied for international honors.

Nearly $500,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.

The #DECAICDC opening session featured PostNet CEO and “Undercover Boss” guest star Steve Greenbaum. In addition to career-based competition, DECA members engaged in leadership academies and networking opportunities with over 60 internationally recognized businesses.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.

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