MSU-Meridian students excel at statewide DECA competition

Contact:  Lisa Sollie

MERIDIAN, Miss.—Eleven Mississippi State University-Meridian students who competed in the 2019 Mississippi Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle Campus held recently in Mayhew all qualified to represent A group of DECA students represent MSU-Meridian at statewide competitionMississippi at the annual international competition later this spring.

The students also qualified for the International College Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida April 13–16 by placing in the top six in their competition categories at the statewide conference.  

Collegiate DECA, founded in Mississippi in 1947, is a national organization with the purpose of preparing college students for a variety of career areas, with emphasis in the areas of marketing, management, merchandising and entrepreneurship. Mississippi Collegiate DECA has a membership of more than 400 members from 19 chapters across the state. MSU-Meridian’s Collegiate DECA chapter was formed in 2015.

MSU-Meridian student awards, recognitions and honors include:

—Samantha Beckham of Meridian, second place, Retail Management

—Jake Bohannon of DeKalb, first place, Emerging Technology Marketing Strategies

—Margaretta Campbell of Daleville, first place, Event Planning Team

—Zetella Gooch of Florence, first place, Event Planning Team

—Ray Farlow of Union, first place, Corporate Finance

—Shawna Marceleno of Bailey, first place, Financial Accounting

—Casey May of Meridian, first place, Business Research

—Anthony McOlgan of Meridian, first place, Human Resource Management

—Victoria Plott of Meridian, third place, Entrepreneurship: Starting a Business

—Jeffery Powe of Meridian, fifth place, Business Ethics Team

—Justus Steele of Meridian, fifth place, Business Ethics Team

Two students also were elected to statewide offices at the conference: Gooch was elected president of the Mississippi Collegiate DECA and Campbell was elected first vice president. Professional MBA student Steven Miller returns as chairman of the board.  

MSU-Meridian DECA advisor Stacey Reynolds McNeil, also director of the Professional MBA program and an assistant clinical professor for MSU-Meridian’s Division of Business, was recognized as Collegiate DECA Advisor of the Year for Mississippi.

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