Three students qualify for national DECA

This article submitted by Michael Jacobson on 3/17/99.

Three Paynesville Area High School seniors placed in state competition at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) convention last week.

Kurt Habben, Rachel Gifford, and Lynn Stoneburner all finished in the top three in events at the state competition and now will advance to the national convention in Orlando, Fla., from April 24-28.

Habben was the runner-up in the Quick Serve Marketing Event, and also was a finalistŠfinished in the top eightŠin the Minnesota Free Enterprise Event and in the Entrepreneurship Participating Event.

Gifford was third in the Marketing Management Event, and was a finalist in the Minnesota Free Enterprise Event and in the Entrepreneurship Written Event.

Lynn Stoneburner earned third place in the Business and Financial Services Marketing Event, which requires a written paper.

The state competition was held at the Hyatt Hotel in Minneapolis from Sunday, March 7, to Tuesday, March 9. Over 1,200 students competed at the convention. First, second, and third place winners in events qualified to compete in the national convention.

Twelve students from Paynesville Area High School competed at state. Other finalists for Paynesville were James Evans, Megan Pelz, Theresa Phillipp, and Wendy Utsch.

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