Robby Pettit Places First at DECA State Competition

Published March 6, 2019

Junior Robby Pettit placed first in the Principles of Marketing event at the annual Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference (SCDC) in Minneapolis on Tuesday, March 5. Pettit’s first place finish earned him a spot at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando Florida April 27–30, 2019.

Robby’s event included a 100-question business core exam, which he received the top test score on, and a marketing role play event— where he advanced through the preliminary and final rounds. Pettit’s outstanding test score and strong role plays positioned him well to finish on top of the podium. Here is what the junior student had to say about his first place moment:

“Hearing my name called was such a surreal experience. It was really incredible to see all my work come together on that stage. I’m so grateful to my advisors, Ms. Robertson and Ms. Larson, and to everyone in SWCHS DECA for all the support that has gotten me here. Internationals, here I come!”

Also joining him at ICDC are SWCHS DECA’s president and vice president, Britta Carlson and Lauren Burke, and Adrian Richtarich. Carlson and Burke competed in the Team Decision Making Marketing Management competition and Richtarich in the Personal Financial Literacy event!

Southwest Christian launched the first-ever DECA chapter this fall. 21 students competed at districts, 10 advanced to state, and 5 were chosen to compete in the final round at state. Robby Pettit, Lauren Burke, Britta Carlson, and Adrian Richtarich are the first SWCHS students to compete at ICDA—the pinnacle of DECA competition—against 20,000 top students from around the world.



Approximately 3,500 Minnesota DECA student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete in over 50 events focused in the areas of entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, marketing, and other related fields. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development.

Minnesota DECA is part of a larger DECA organization comprised of 215,000 members from all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. For more information about Minnesota DECA, please visit