Accounting Assets – Successful DECA Team

Minnesota School of Business – Lakeville’s DECA Team is on its way to Nationals!
After the State Awards Ceremony in Mankato
Minnesota School of Business in Lakeville had great success in its inaugural season so far. We had eight competitors at the state tournament and all eight made the finals and qualified for the national tournament and conference in Salt Lake City April 21-24. 2012. To get there we need your help to raise $6,000 for travel to attend this once in a lifetime experience. We are a unique group of students with wide ranging life stories. We are not your typical college students. Here are our stories.
Stephanie Buboltz is from Willmar and is a senior in Accounting. She’s our chapter Vice-President and was instrumental in recruiting and encouraging new members. Her long-term goal is to open her own CPA practice.
Volkan Eroglu was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. While he was a student and met Molly, a Campus Crusade for Christ missionary. They married and live in Northfield with their daughter Emma. Volkan was 2nd to teammate Sara Ptacek at our first tournament in Elk River. He turned tables on her at the Lakeville Invitational, and then he became state champion in Mankato. Volkan is a senior in Accounting and aspires to work in forensic accounting.

Volkan Eroglu & Stephanie Buboltz – 1st & 3rd in Accounting

Christine Drentlaw is not your typical college student. She has five children who are also college students!! Christine is a native Californian and moved here with her husband during the height of the recession. After her husband lost his job they came back to his hometown of Faribault. Christine suffered a brain aneurism in 2003 and was bedridden until they moved to Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic changed her treatments and this has allowed her to go back to school. Christine is now a sophomore in Accounting. She received a scholarship for her charitable work and wants to continue this as part of her professional goals.

Christine Drentlaw & Sara Ptacek receiving 2nd Place in Financial Statement Analysis

Sara Ptacek graduated from Owatonna High School in 2008 with honors. She went to the University of MN Duluth for 3 years with a major in math and then switched to accounting. She worked at a group home in Duluth which she really enjoyed. Sara moved back to Owatonna in May 2011 when she transferred to MSB.
Sara says, “Right after I joined DECA I won 1st place in accounting at the first Invitational in Elk River and recently took 4th at the State competition in Accounting.”
Sara’s finishing her bachelor’s degree in December and is looking into the possibility of continuing for an MBA.

Christine & Sara preparing their analysis at State

Nic Morris is from Farmington and is a sophomore in Accounting. He teamed up with Christine Larson to take 2nd in Business Ethics at the Lakeville Invitational and 6th at State. Nic has a creative mind for an accountant and will be competing in the Entrepreneurship Challenge at Nationals. This fits well with his desire to use his accounting degree to be a business consultant.
Darren Thomas recently completed 20 years of service in the National Guard doing tours of duty in Kosovo and Iraq. He’s now a Business major and a DECA superstar! Darren placed 2nd in Marketing Management, 6th in Sales Management, and teamed up with Mark Thammavongsa to take 6th in Business to Business Marketing at State.

Darren Thomas, Nic Morris & Mark Thammavongsa on prelim day at State

Mark Thammavongsa is seeking a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. His expected graduation date is June 22, 2012. Mark says:
This date is important to me because through my hard work and dedication, I was able to complete the Bachelors program in two years (an accomplishment I am very proud of). Out of all of my siblings and 23 cousins who had the opportunity to go to college, I will be the first one to achieve a four year degree.
DECA has benefited me in many ways, but where it has benefited me most is improving my ability to use the concepts I learned from school and apply them in real life scenarios. I think that DECA has prepared me for what the real world has to offer. It is important for me to go to DECA Nationals because my mother and father came to the United States with nothing but a dream. They had no money, no house, only the clothes on their backs and yet they have been successful in their careers and they have given me the opportunities that they never had. This will be my opportunity to show my parents that they have raised a son who is determined to be successful in everything he decides to do.

Mark & Darren preparing for Business to Business marketing

Christine Larson earned her associate degree in business in the mid 1990’s, then became a stay at home mom until last year. She returned to school to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Christine has consistently earned highest honors since her return to school. Christine will not be able to compete in Nationals because, in addition to her own family, she helps care for her autistic nephew. We’ll miss you at in Salt Lake City!! Next year you’ll be there.

Nic Morris & Christine Larson – 6th Place in Business Ethics