Globe University-Wausau Students Judge DECA State Competition

By Tiffany Karlen, accounting student and Globe University graduate

Recently, the Globe University-Wausau students went to Lake Geneva to judge for the 50th anniversary of DECA. This is the fourth year the AccountingBusiness, Criminal Justice, Paralegal and IT Club (ABC pi)  volunteered at DECA events, and it is the second time judging for the Wisconsin state competition

Globe University-Wausau ABC pi students at DECA competition in Lake Geneva

ABC pi members Katie Syring, Katie Heisler and Tiffany Karlen at the Wisconsin state DECA competition in Lake Geneva

DECA helps students prepare for their future roles in the work force. As judges, we get to hear proposals about obstacles that could happen in the professional world. In these roles, we act as business leaders and business personnel, and the students go through tough challenges, creating solutions and ideas.

Competitions like this one are just one way that “DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

The students that participate in these competitions have great dedication and an impressive knowledge about the business world.

The club has followed the Mosinee High School DECA students for the last four years, and it has been a great experience to help and watch these students grow into the amazing future leaders they have become. Judging the state competition allows the ABC pi students to apply their knowledge and skills from the classroom to help others grown and develop in a business setting.

Phillip Handrick, Katie Heisler, Tiffany Karlen, and Katie Syring at The Grand Lodge in Lake Geneva

Phillip Handrick, Katie Heisler, Tiffany Karlen and Katie Syring at The Grand Lodge in Lake Geneva

“Judging for the DECA competitions allows the students to evaluate the role-playing scenarios and gives them an opportunity to enhance their skills in problem-solving, planning and attention to detail. It’s an amazing experience to see the high school students compete, and see how they demonstrate such exceptional skills at a young age,” said Phillip Handrick, Globe University-Wausau business program chair.

Katie Heisler, president of  ABC pi,  said, “This is my second year judging, and some of these teens literally made me speechless. These role plays take talent and determination. Each high school student that I judged has that.”

“All of the students that I had judged were just outstanding in their ideas. I have judged DECA for two years now, and both years I have been blown away when listening to these high school students. It was an amazing experience, and I cannot wait to judge again next year,” said Tiffany Karlen, vice president of ABC pi.