23 DECA Students Qualify for State Competition

Published January 27, 2020

Southwest Christian High School earned 23 state qualifiers in the 2020 DECA District VII Competition in the second year of program history. The SWCHS chapter competed against 700 other business students. Last year, SWCHS sent 10 students to the state competition out of the 21 members in its inaugural year.

DECA is an international program for high school and college students that prepares emerging leaders in business skills. Events range from employment interviews, sales pitches, “shark tank” presentations, and business role plays.

Congratulations to the following 2020 state qualifiers:

Employment Interview – Entry Level | Becca Moore, Brandon Mosley, Saylor Bjelland, Sean Johnson, Karin Shively, Julia Schmidt

Employment Interview – Advanced | Andrea Moore, Julia Brouwer, Robby Pettit, Callie Ertel, Carter Warta, Elizabeth Schmidt

Start Up Business Plan – Ethan Burke

Marketing Management Team Decision Making – Andrea Moore, Sarah Myers

Marketing Communications Series – Robby Pettit, Ellie Vietzen

Personal Financial Literacy – Adrian Richtarich, Carter Nelson, Julia Brouwer, Connor Galloway, Lucas Anderson

Principles of Business – Nick Schneibel, Sean Johnson, Callie Ertel, Brandon Mosley, Michael Walmer

Principles of Hospitality & Tourism – Caden Winters

Principles of Marketing – Karin Shively, Becca Moore, Lauren Walmer


The state competition will take place at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Minneapolis and Minneapolis Convention Center on March 1-3. If students continue to advance, students may have a chance to compete at international competition in May in Nashville, TN.

For more information on the DECA program, visit our web page.