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Thirty-two District 196 high school students had top finishes at state business competitions in March and qualified for national competitions that will be held later this spring.

Twenty-one students from Rosemount, Eastview and Apple Valley high schools had top four finishes at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) state competition March 19-21 in Minneapolis. Approximately 60 students competed in each business- and marketing-related event and the top four finishers in each qualified for the DECA International Career Development Conference April 26-29 in Anaheim, Calif.

DECA individual-event qualifiers from Rosemount include Sydney Hansen, first place, hotel lodging; Tanya Ramesh, first place, employment interview; Anna Wise, third place, human resource management, and Paige Zemke, fourth place, apparel and accessories marketing. DECA team-event qualifiers from Rosemount are Elizabeth Johnson and Anna Peterson, first place, hospitality; Brynn Tonn and Katie Turner, first place, buying and merchandising; Alli Peterson and Erin Smith, second place, marketing communication; Jake Smith and Alex Wood, third place, sports marketing, and Gigi Freking and Ellie Sprouls, fourth place, sports marketing.

DECA individual-event qualifiers from Eastview include Haley Chinander, first place, food marketing; Osman Monsur, first place, business finance; Patrick Gibbons, third place, business finance, and Michele Uchenik, third place, apparel and accessories marketing. The Apple Valley team of Ford Friedel, Tayla Rawdah and Carleen Olson also qualified with a first-place finish in the service area marketing plan event.

Eleven students from Eastview and Eagan high schools had top five finishes at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) state conference March 23-25 in Minneapolis. The top three finishers in individual events, top two finishers in team events and top five finishers in a written event qualified for the BPA National Conference May 10-14 in Orlando, Fla.

BPA individual-event qualifiers from Eastview are Suhail Rizvi, first place, extemporaneous speech; Tyler Hernesman, third place, advanced spreadsheet applications; Kevin Ly, fourth place, fundamental spreadsheet applications, and Jacquelyn Peterson, fifth place, business law and ethics. Qualifiers from Eagan are Lauren Markowski, second place, entrepreneurship; Subha Ravichandran, third place, human resource management; Amrit Sanal, third place, economic research, and the team of Olivia Crutchfield, Aishwarya Mankala, Lauren Moy and Atulya Reddy, first place, website design.

DECA is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. The organization helps prepare students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management and other business areas through a variety of activities and competitions. BPA is a cocurricular organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.

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