ROSEMOUNT, Minn – District 196 high schools qualified 167 students to compete at state business conferences that will be held in March.
The Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) qualifying event was Jan. 11 in St. Paul and 110 students from Apple Valley, Eastview and Rosemount high schools qualified for the state conference, which will be held March 3-5 in Minneapolis. The Business Professionals of America (BPA) qualifying competition was Jan. 10 in White Bear Lake and 57 students from Eagan and Eastview high schools qualified for the state conference, which will be held March 7-9 in Minneapolis.
DECA is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship, 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.
The 13 DECA state qualifiers from Apple Valley High are Brandon Bard, Talia Bergerson, Michael Christiansen, Ariana Driscoll-Cherland, Elliot Ewald, Nik Hochsprung, Brooke Kierzek, Greta Kos, Grace Lankas, Makena Nelson, Jenna Nyblom, Josie Nyblom and Logan Wehner.
The 17 DECA state qualifiers from Eastview High are Akul Athmaram, Charlie Chasse, Gabrielle Granger, Ronit Gupta, Pavan Guttipatti, Brendan King, Noah Landwer, Jack Landwer, Amaan Nizamuddin, Mark Norton, Peace Olowokere, Julian Running, Ainsley Schwerr, Brooke Tonnessen, Roscoe Torbenson, Alec Young and Brian Zurich.
The 80 DECA state qualifiers from Rosemount High are Olivia Alberts, Joshua Alex, Devin Anderson, Maisy Armstrong, Amelia Atkinson, Tony Azzazi, Zahra Azzazi, Niklas Barrett, Jaden Berger, Aashish Bharath, Kaelyn Bresnahan, Nathan Bright, Mohamad Chouman, Sydney Cochran, Molly Daly, Ammar Dameh, Emma Dewitt, Adam DeGrote, Grace DeGrote, Emma Dekruif, Claire Dupuis, Katelyn Dwyer, Lauren Ebeling, Sydney Essler, Joseph Fischbach, Ben Fjeld, Olivia Gernandt, Alexander Gilley, Josie Greener, Jack Griffith, Sofia Hammel, Lucas Hanley, Emma Haroldson, Keegan Henning, Izzy Hinz, Preethi Hosamane, Annika Janssen, Amber Johnson, Jenna Johnson, Blake Kroth, Emma Linnett, Grace Linnett, Cate Luna, Bennett Magnuson, Josie McCann, Savannah McDevitt, Nicole McFee, Liam Newell, JT Oliver, Gabby Opdyke, Addison Parker, Lilly Parla, Emily Pavelka, Nina Pham, Lauren Preiner, Sophia Priest, Felix Prose, Faiza Rafle, Luke Rexing, Nyah Rudd, Katelynn Scholl, Alan Shanks, Akash Shiri, Rose Sieve, Brittany Snyder, Taylor Steigerwald, Sreeman Talatam, Owen Tonn, Meghan Troshinsky, Sofia Valencia, Lauren Walrath, Hope Wanken, Julia Weers, Reilly Werkhoven, Claire Westman, Megan Westrich, Jimmy Whebbe, Jon Wise, Jack Wolf and Zach Zimmer.
BPA is a cocurricular organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.
The 37 BPA state qualifiers from Eagan High are Ashley Arend, Marin Bennerotte, Rishabh Bhattacharya, Gavin Borges, Gracen Breede, Melissa Brotzman, Britney Chey, Nick Downes, Eva Erickson, Hunter Goff, Delila Gonyea, Ayan Hassan, Jack Hillesheim, Matt Humphrey, Ali Jafferi, Shireen Jafferi, Claire Kehoe, Ankitha Kumar, Avalon Langley, Dana Lervick, Carly Marsh, Patrick McMahon, Max Meekin, Ryan Meekin, Kate Miller, Kayla Monson, Sriram Nutulapati, Ellen Pagois, Raunak Pandey, Jason Scheller, Sarah Schuller, Rani Shah, Nick Sherek, Corinn Sievwright, Lawrence Volodarsky, Elle Woog and Maxim Zagrebelny.
The 20 BPA state qualifiers from Eastview High are Fatima Altaf, Kersten Brefo, Brianna Cairns, Sam Cairns, Kayla Doyle, Jacob Garrett, Gabrielle Granger, Koby Hagen, Anthony Hanson, Allison Huberty, Tarun Kota, Tanisha Kota, Will Leach, Annie Mason, Yongwen Mei, Mark Norton, Antonio Pacheco, Josh Schaefer, Ainsley Schwerr and Brooke Tonnessen.