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Kettering Wins At DECA

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FLINT — Kettering University students took high honors at the 2012 Collegiate DECA’s (Delta Epsilon Chi’s) State Career Development Conference in Battle Creek Feb. 3-5.

Thirteen Kettering students captured 12 awards, including two first places, two second places, one third place and seven honorable mentions.

The winners, their hometowns, class years, academic majors and their competition categories are:

First Place
* Tyler Finnegan of Elyria, Ohio, (senior in Mechanical Engineering and Business) in Corporate Finance
* Deana Johnson of Gary, Ind., (senior in Business) in Human Resources

Second Place
* Michael Colando of Barberton, Ohio, (junior in Mechanical Engineering) in Business to Business Marketing
* Kaitlyn Just of Barberton, Ohio, (junior in Business) in Business to Business Marketing
* Alex Masters of Flushing (junior in Business) in Entrepreneurship
* Michael Woznicki of Warren (junior in Business) in Entrepreneurship

Third Place
* Tyler Finnegan of Elyria, Ohio, (senior in Mechanical Engineering and usiness) in Marketing Management

Honorable Mentions (4th-7th places)
* Deana Johnson of Gary, Ind., (senior in Business) in Restaurant and Food Marketing and Management
* Kaitlyn Just of Barberton, Ohio, (junior in Business) in Retail Management
* Chelcee Lawrence of White Cloud (junior in Chemical Engineering) in Marketing Management
* Alex Masters of Flushing (junior in Business) in Corporate Finance * Sarah McClure of Lebanon, Ind., (junior in Applied Math) in Fashion Merchandising
* Jacob Sherwood of St. Louis (freshman in Mechanical Engineering) in Executive Job Interview * Michael Woznicki of Warren (junior in Business) in Retail Management

Kettering’s chapter went head-to-head against students from University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Tech, Valparaiso University, Grand Valley, Central Michigan, Northwood, Davenport (Grand Rapids), Delta College and Grand Rapids Community College.

At the conference, students took exams, solved current and practical business case study problems, wrote business plans, and role-played with industry judges. Of the13 Kettering students who competed this year, seven were new to the competition and had never competed before at Collegiate DECA.

Kettering students are now qualified to attend the International Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, April 20 -26.

Collegiate DECA is a student organization focused on developing future business leaders.

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