Updated: DECA students compete at Nationals

Michael Marshall
Contributing Writer

Juniors Tommy Koelling and Rebekah Kinworthy is accompanied by marketing teacher and DECA sponsor Kara Siebe at Nationals in Orlando, Fl. Photo from Kara Siebe

DECA students placed in State Finals in Kansas City on March 26, which means they went to Nationals in Orlando, Fl, on April 27.

Participating students were juniors Tommy Koelling and Rebekah Kinworthy. They were accompanied by marketing teacher and DECA sponsor Kara Siebe.

Kinworthy believed competing wasn’t good enough. She was determined to succeed.

“It was crazy. She (Kinworthy) scored top 10 out of more than 400 in her group. There were only 16 students that scored top 10 out of the whole State of Missouri. Also, there ended up being more than 22,000 people so to place top 10, pretty amazing,” Siebe said.

“To prepare for the competition, me and Bekah have been doing weekly review sessions as well as in-class practice,” Koelling said.

Koelling and Kinworthy also enjoyed their time by visiting the beach and Disney World.

Siebe added, “Looks like the practice paid off.”

For about the last 70 years, DECA has impacted the lives of “more than 10 million students, educators, school administrations and business professionals,” according to the official DECA website.

Over 200,000 students are a part of the educational group that helps educate and challenge students to solve real-world problems. DECA’s main idea is to prepare high school students to become entrepreneurs. Its main goals are finance, marketing, and hospitality.

“It was awesome. Great experience for both of them (Kinworthy and Koelling). I’m super proud of Bekah,” Siebe said.


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