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3/14/2017 7:28:00 AM
Rhinelander students compete at DECA state

Fifteen Rhinelander High School students competed at the Wisconsin DECA Career and Development Conference last week in Lake Geneva.

"DECA is an organization that prepares students in the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality, and management," the School District of Rhinelander explained in a press release. "DECA has events from Finance and Banking Systems to Sports and Entertainment Marketing for individuals or teams to compete in."

At the state conference, students had to take a 100 question test concerning the field their event is in, as well as an economics test. They also performed two role plays in which the student is given a business situation and must act it out to resolve it with a judge. Medals are awarded to students for earning high scores in their test or either role play as well as placing top then in their event.

Five Rhinelander students qualified to compete at the DECA International Career and Development Conference (ICDC), which will be held in Anaheim, California in late April. Haley Sisel, Faith Bartelt and Elliot Fehlen (Abigail Krueger will compete in place of Fehlen) earned second in the community service project event and will continue to ICDC. Sisel double qualified by placing third in hotel and lodging. Gunnar Millot took first in his event, professional selling. Max Holperin will also be advancing to International competition by taking fourth place in personal financial literacy.

Jonus Sabani and Mason Hageny went to DECA state and are also eligible to go to ICDC for an Emerging Leaders Conference.

Several other students were recognized on stage for their performances in tests and role plays. Lauren Rosendahl, who competed in accounting, was an Overall Series Finalist in her event, placing in the top 10. Elliot Fehlen also was an Overall Series Finalist (OSF) in the quick serve restaurant event. Faith Bartelt was recognized for one of her role plays and was an OSF. Andy Padgett and Alec Lowry earned a medal in their role play for financial team decision making. Robert Ritchie was recognized for his test in automotive services, and Tina Kansariwala won a medal for her principles of marketing role play. Max Holperin earned an economic excellence award for his economics test score.

Chapter advisor Mischell Fryar said was impressed not only by those going on to Internationals, but also with how close several other students were. To make a donation to assist the seven students attending ICDC or for more information, contact Fryar at 715-365-9500 or

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