Rebecca Hannaman and Jack Steck of the Indian Trail High School DECA Club qualified for the International Career Development Conference April 23-26 in Atlanta.
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Indian Trail DECA Club members advance to Internationals

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By Andrew HorschakKENOSHA.COM

Known by many as "Schak" in the community, Horschak was a respected sports writer for the Kenosha News during a 22-year run covering two stints from 1995 to 2018. The Marquette University graduate is Kenosha.com’s first managing editor.

Eleven members of Indian Trail High School’s DECA Club recently qualified for the International Career Development Conference April 23-26 in Atlanta.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. The International competition attracts DECA chapters from all 50 states and different countries.

“The event is amazing,” Indian Trail advisor Lora Lehmann said. “Over 10,000 students come together to participate in leadership development breakouts. Many companies use this as an opportunity to network with students to encourage them to apply for internships when in college.

“The speakers that are brought in encourage students to pursue their career dreams, give back to the community and grow as a leader.”

The Wisconsin DECA State Career Development Conference wrapped up Feb. 26 in Lake Geneva.

Here is a closer look at Indian Trail’s International qualifiers and how they fared at the state level:

Keller Darre — Qualified for Internationals: Hospitality Consulting Presentation – Finalist Medal

Bella Greno — Qualified for Internationals: Restaurant Service Management – Finalist Medal

Sona Hawkins — Double qualified for Internationals: Professional Selling – Marketing Presentation: Exam Medal, Finalist Medal and first place in the State Principles of Marketing – Exam Medal, Finalist Medal and third place in the state

Meredith Kaufmann — Qualified for Internationals: Human Resources Management – Two Role Play Medals, Finalist Medal and fourth place in the state

Margaret Lira — Double qualified for Internationals: Hospitality Consulting Presentation: Finalist Medal and third place in the state; Quick Serve Restaurant Category – two medals in role plays, Finalist Medal and fifth place in the state

Remy Strichartz — Qualified for Internationals: Professional Selling – Marketing Presentation: Exam Medal, Finalist Medal and third place in the state

Taylor Wilmot — Double qualified for Internationals: Professional Selling – Marketing Presentation: Exam Medal, Finalist and fifth place in the state; Business Services Category – one medal in role plays, Finalist and seventh place in the state

Rebecca Hannaman and Jack Steck — Qualified for Internationals: Finance Services Team Decision Making – Role Play Medal, Finalist Medal and third place in the state

Joel Lopez and Tucker Matrisch — Qualified for Internationals: Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making – Role Play Medal, Finalist Medal and fifth place in the state

Sri Kandrakota — Qualified for the leadership academies in Atlanta

Others who made it on stage during the state competition were:

Robbie George — Hospitality Consulting Presentation – Test Medal and Finalist Medal Quick Serve Restaurant – Exam Medal

Kandrakota and Kaitlyn Youngman — Hospitality Services Team – Role Play Medal

Kaufmann, Matrisch and Steck — International Business Plan – Finalist Medal

Kandrakota, Youngman and Hannaman — Community Service Giving Project – Finalist Medal

Indian Trail DECA is reaching out to local businesses to support the team and its trip to Internationals in Atlanta. For more information, contact Lora Lehmann at 262-359-8620 or llehmann@kusd.edu.

Indian Trail High School DECA member Taylor Wilmot was gifted the $1,000 cost of the trip from her youth apprenticeship employer, Colbert Packaging. Another team member, Joel Lopez, also received $1,000 from Kenosha.com.

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